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"Commit Thou to Faithful Mei 

2 Timothy 2: 



JANUARY 1,1977 

Cover photo: Committing the 
Word of God to faithful men that 
they, in turn, may share it with 
others in the ministry of missions— 
in Brazil and in all the world. 
(Photo by Bill Burk) 












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Good News from Macon 

Getting Down to the Basics 

Communicating the Gospei in Brazil 

Was It Worthwhile? 

The Birth of the Brethren Mission in Africa 

That Was . . . This Is , . . Missionary Nursing 

BMH News Summary 

WMC Hidden Beauty 

Musings from our WMC President 

A Lifetime— Almost 

A Christian? 

BMH Newest News 

Three That Are Growing 

Speaking of church growth . . , 

Charles W. Turner Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman Managing Editor 

Tim Kennedy Design and Layout Artist 

Fern Sandy Editorial Secretary 

Omega Sandy I BM Composer 

Foreign Missions 
GBC Christian Ed 
Grace Schools 
Home Missions 

Rev. John Zielasko 
Rev. Knute Larson 
Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Dr. Lester E. Pifer 
Mrs, Noel Hoke 



SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued 
on the first and fifteenth of each month by the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Box 544, 1104 Kings Highway, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: $4.75 a year; 
foreign, $5.50. Special rates to churches. 

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Dear Readers, 

Thank you for 1976, you were si 
good to the Missionary Herald. As thi 
new year begins we are thankful for , 
record year of sales at the Herald. Thi 
offering was also the largest one in ou 
history. We are thankful for the sub 
scription list that stands near thi 
12,000 level. 

We have been seeking to bring nev 
and fresh material to the magazim 
each issue. Another new item may bi 
found on page 13 of this issue. It in 
eludes news stories taken from Herald 
35, 15, and 5 years ago. You will reac 
about some of our heritage and history 
in each issue. I must admit to m\ 
problem in gathering the material 
When I pick up the 1942, 1962 anc 
1972 Heralds I spend more time than 
should, as I become involved in the in 
teresting happenings. I trust that yoi 
will enjoy this new feature. 

During 1976 we brought out thi 
"Best of the Books" and another popu 
lar article has been "BMH Newest 
News." There will be more interesting 
features. We appreciate so much youi 
reception of the magazine. Your kinc 
comments have encouraged me anc 
the staff to do our best to serve you 
Sincerely yours, 





Reflections By Still Waters 

No, not another year, Lord! 

Charles W. Turner 

I keep having the feeling that some- 
one, somewhere is playing a mean 
trick on me, when I am not looking, 
by tearing months off of my calendar. 
This feeling is rapidly becoming a 
phobia with me because time is going 
by so rapidly. It seems only yesterday 
I was preparing my daily schedule for 
the activities of the Bicentennial year, 
and now I am already starting to think 
about the Tricentennial. The year of 
1976 is gone and with it a lot of good 
memories. There was the parade on 
the Fourth of July on the tree-lined 
streets of Warsaw, Indiana. The fire- 
works followed ... spreading their 
colorful streamers over Winona Lake 
on the warm, midwestern night. There 
was the Memorial Day weekend and 
the crowds gathered to watch the Reds 
and the Dodgers at Riverfront Stadium 
in Cincinnati. (My dear wife consented 
to sit through a doubleheader that day 
for the sake of family unity.) 

Then there were those cool nights 
and beautiful days up at Big Bear, Cali- 
fornia, where the Herald Board met in 
early August. There were decisions 
that were made by the trustees that 
will have long-range effects on the 
future of the Herald ministries. 

Next on the agenda was that 
August night on the opening evening 
of national conference when my heart 
beat a little faster as I stood before the 
Brethren to give the moderator's 
address. I will not soon forget that 
evening as later the patriotic extrava- 
ganza was presented with songs of the 
Christian faith and our national heri- 

On Thursday night of conference 
week how our hearts were thrilled as 
we met on the Queen Mary to honor 
the new president of Grace Schools! 
Then how could I forget the fellow- 
ship with 37 Brethren as we visited 
Hawaii and fellowshiped with the 
Brethren there. We shared in a time of 
dedication at the new Waipio church 
and looked at land the Waimalu Breth- 
ren are purchasing for the new church 
they expect to erect in the near future. 

Yes, 1976 was a good year, and I 
thank the Lord for the opportunity of 
visiting with thousands of the Brethren 
through this page of "Reflections" and 
in visiting in dozens of churches; 
throughout the country. It was a year 
when I traveled with my aging suitcase 
about 70,000 miles to say: "Hello, 
isn't it great to be a child of the King 
and to be a joint-heir with Jesus?" And 
to this so many have smiled a know- 
ing—yes, it is! 

But 1976 is not now ... it is past, 
and it went all too quickly and became 
part of history. A year never to be re- 
covered, except in the halls of our 
memories; there to be revisited in 
those quiet moments when we are 
alone, or to be shared with friends as 
we reminisce on our delights of the 
past. But what happened to those 
other days when there were no big 
special events on the calendar? They 
too are gone but not forgotten. Think 
about the special little things like that 
conversation with a friend, or a day 
made bright by the sharing of a special 
something you had with someone else. 

Remember the day when you learned 
the secret that it is more blessed to 
give than to get. These reminders of 
the past are all part of life and such a 
vital part we dare not let them get 
away from us. 

Without doubt someone surely did 
steal from my calendar. I just know 
they did because time could not have 
gotten away so quickly, unless it was 
removed by some strange power or 
force. One is reminded of the writing 
of the men of Scripture who often 
spoke of the fleeting of time and the 
shortness of life. Time is such a valu- 
able and irreplaceable commodity. We 
are told to redeem it and to use it 
wisely for the sake of God and His 
work. Never should we let time get 
away from us until we have made a 
mark on it and it has made a mark on 

A new year is before us. It may not 
be too different from the past ones, 
except the future has become today 
and time keeps moving toward us and 
then goes right by, and then it is the 
past. The importance to all of us is— 
what can we do with time when it is at 
that point of being what we call now? 
Will we use it wisely, can we make it 
count for God and eternity? If so, we 
can be people of purpose and useful- 
ness; if not, we will have to give some 
account to God for our failures. 

It is here . . . 1977. It will not be 
here too long. Prepare yourself— there 
will be hours of joy, challenge and op- 
portunity. Redeem the time, we know 
the days are evil, but the opportunities 
have never been greater. 

JANUARY 1, 1977 

Good Hews 
from Macon 

Larry DeArmey 

We must share some good news 
with you. After a great deal of praying 
and searching we have found another 
place to live, and we are praising the 
Lord for His leading in this matter. 

A number of months ago we began 
seeking a larger place. Since we are 
crowded in our present apartment, we 
wanted to find something that would 
give more space and greater possibili- 
ties for use in our ministry. At first we 
did a lot of looking, hoping to find 
something before the summer months. 
Summer is a rather slow period of the 
year for our ministry and thus seemed 
a good time to care for remodeling and 
moving. But nothing at all was avail- 
able. People counseled us that to find 
something larger was impossible unless 
one had a direct contact with the 
person who wanted to rent! We began 
to talk around so that people would 
know we were looking, but still we 
had no response. As activities began to 
pick up with the return to school, we 
accepted the fact that the move was 
not for this year and that God was in- 
dicating we were to stay put for the 
time being. This we were ready to do. 

Since our priority is the ministry, 
we said that if God did have something 
for us, a number of conditions would 
enter in. First of all, the place would 
have to become known to us without 
our having to spend a lot of time look- 
ing. It would also have to meet our 
needs as far as extra space was con- 
cerned. And finally, it would have to 
be in near perfect condition, so that 
we could simply pick up from where 
we are living presently and move in 
without spending time in remodeling. 

And this is exactly how God answered 
our need! 

On Thursday, October 14, Vicki 
noticed in a small publicity paper, 
which is delivered to all of the homes 
in Macon, an ad for a large apartment 
in the very center of the city. I called 
the number immediately and made an 
appointment to see the apartment Fri- 
day evening. We went, although rather 
skeptical, because we had seen old 
apartments in downtown Macon and, 
generally speaking, they are in very 
bad shape and cost a small fortune to 
redo. When we walked in the front 
door, we were dumbfounded, because 
the place was in excellent condition. It 
has been completely redecorated with 
wallpaper and paint and wall-to-wall 
carpeting from one end to the other.; 
As we walked through the apartment 
we became more and more excited. 
After leaving, it took us only an hour 
to make a decision, and I called to tell 
the people that we wanted it. We 
learned, however, that we were one 
family out of approximately 30 who 
had seen the place, and that the deci- 
sion would be made over the weekend. 
We were told that we would have to 
wait until Monday evening for an an- 
swer from the owner. 

The weekend was a long one; but 
interestingly enough, at the Chateau 
that weekend we were doing a series of 
studies on prayer, and this became a 
matter of prayer for those who were 
with us. Although we really desired a 
positive answer from the owner, we 
realized that God has a strategy for 
reaching the city of Macon and per- 
haps His plan was that we stay in our 

apartment at 3 rue de Normandie. 

On Monday evening we received a 
call from the man who was handling 
the rental of the apartment. He told us 
that of the three families who definite- 
ly wanted the place, we had been 
chosen. Needless to say, we were 
elated, and praised the Lord for His 
direction in this affair from the begin- 
ning to the end. 

Over the past several months we 
had felt a little guilty! Dozens of 
letters had come from our praying 
friends in the States, indicating a high 
interest in the possibility of our find- 
ing a new home, and faithful prayer 
that the Lord would supply the right 
place. We felt guilty because we were 
no longer doing very much in the mat- 
ter, and actually wondered if we were 
doing our part. We wanted to write to 
thank our friends for their prayers and 
to explain the situation in some de- 
tail. However, in just a couple of days 
the whole problem was solved and we 
had little to do with the solution. We 
have come to realize that God knows 
our REAL needs and He always sup- 
plies in His way and in His time. And 
we have also come to appreciate deeply 
the intercessory prayers of all our 
friends in the States. 

The apartment is in an old building 
on the busiest street right in the heart 
of the city, across from the post office 
and just two blocks from the train 
station. One little matter of concern is 
Ginette's schooling. She is just one 
month into first grade, really likes 
school, has a fine teacher, has blos- 

(Continued on page 11) 


(FMS editor's note: This is the conclu- 
sion of the Foreign Missionary Soci- 
ety's "Statement of Function," the 
first installment of which was printed 
last month.) 


The best organized team, most 
agreeable policy statement, finest 
strategy plans, and most effective 
methods are all valueless without the 
direction of the Spirit of God. Mis- 
sions is a spiritual task seeking spiritual 
results and must be conducted by 
spiritual means. Without the prayer 
support of Christians, the spiritual 
warfare waged by missionaries would 
experience few if any spiritual victo- 
ries. What a tremendous power for 
missions would be unleashed if the 
majority of Christians could be mobi- 
lized in prayer behind their mission- 
aries. Fortunately— since the ideal can- 
not be realized— we do not need a 
majority. If a dedicated corps of God's 
people is willing to pay the price, God 
will pour out His blessing on the mis- 
sion fields of the world. 

* By prayer, the will of God is con- 
firmed in the hearts of church lead- 
ers (Acts 13:1-2). 

* By prayer, missionaries are called 
and sent to the fields of the world 
(Matt. 9:38). 

* By prayer, self is brought under sub- 
mission and the Spirit of God placed 
in control (Acts 13:4). 

* By prayer, the needs of missions are 
supplied (Phil. 4:6, 19; Eph. 3:20). 

* By prayer, the power of Satan is 
broken (Matt. 17:21). 

* By prayer, the Lord's servants are 
given power for witnessing (Acts 

* By prayer, doors are opened and the 
Gospel given free course (II Thess. 

The missionary statesman Robert 
Hill Glover once wrote: "The mission- 
ary enterprise was born in prayer, and 
its entire subsequent history has been 
a record of answered prayer." The mis- 
sionary faces a formidable enemy; we 
dare not permit him to meet that foe 


The need for personnel is great. 
Missionaries are wanted. But having 
said that we hasten to add that not 
every Christian who volunteers is pre- 
pared to serve as a missionary. 

As already mentioned, the work of 
foreign missions involves the crossing 
of cultural and linguistic barriers in 
order to confront men with the Gos- 
pel. Although human standards should 
not be used to disqualify those Chris- 
tians who desire to serve as mission- 
aries, still there are standards that need 
to be met. The candidate should have 
the recommendation of his home 
church verifying his spiritual qualities. 

He should further demonstrate that he 
has the gifts necessary to overcome 
successfully the cultural and linguistic 
barriers, and that he has the compe- 
tence to teach the Word of God effec- 
tively. The call for personnel is not 
merely a search for people willing to 
go, but a plea for Christians who are 
willing to make the sacrifices necessary 
to prepare themselves for the mission- 
ary career. A career decision needs to 
be made. 

Since the thrust of BFMS is church 
planting, the core of our mission force 
must be composed of those who are 
church oriented. This means that they 
should have a solid background in 
Bible, be familiar with and have ex- 
perience in the work of a pastor, and 
have demonstrated an ability to lead 
souls to Christ. Of course, there are 
others who serve in "support" minis- 
tries. But these ministries can be filled 
only if the ranks of the church- 
planting missionaries are kept strong. 
To overstaff with support personnel 
would severely restrict the mission 
from carrying out its goal. 

Some specialized ministries and 
cadet missionary endeavors are also 
available, but the theologically trained, 
church oriented, career missionary is 
still the backbone of the mission pro- 


This is not the time for pessimism. 
It is a glorious day— the day of oppor- 
tunity and challenge; a day when God 
is doing many great things on many 
mission fields of the world; a day that 
challenges the best, the brightest, the 
most talented people in the church of 
Jesus Christ. Christ is the Answer for 
the world's needs. Over two billion 
people in the world still need to hear 
and to believe. New fields are avail- 
able. National churches want to help 
to teach their pastors and their people. 
The task is far from finished; it will 
take all the spiritual qualities, the in- 
telligence, the ingenuity, the talents, 
the love, and the compassion that the 
church of Jesus Christ has to do the 
job in today's world. 

JANUARY 1, 1977 


the Gospel 

in Brazil 

Rev. Earle Hodgdon 

The Hodgdon family: Earle, Dorothy, Phillip, Allen; (front) Frederick, Beverly 

Earle, a missionary of Jesus Christ by the will of 
God, to the saints and faithful readers of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald. Grace to you and peace from God 
our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 

We have been in the United States now for almost 
ten months and have enjoyed fellowship with many 
of you, but we are always reminded of our brethren 
in Brazil. 

This is the first time we have taken a furlough of 
more than three months and we have received several 
letters asking when we are going to get back again. 
Finally one of the ladies called Dorothy on the tele- 
phone, long distance from Belem. She didn't want to 
miss the "Welcome Back" party they are planning for 

This calls to mind once more the smallness of the 
world in which we live, separated by many miles in 
distance but speaking with one another via satellite. 
The history of communications is fascinating, no 
doubt starting with word-of-mouth transmission, then 
the development of other means such as smoke sig- 
nals, drums, and carvings on stone walls like some we 
have seen here in Ohio this summer. In these latter 
times we have seen the development and importance 
of communications as never before. 

In Brazil we have a large population and an ex- 
panding economy with a good system of public 
schools. In this situation, with the few missionaries 
we have, it is imperative that we make use of the 
media available. One of the men in the Capanema 
church once compared the Brethren Church in north 
Brazil to a submarine: "It goes along out of sight for 
a way, then pops up to the surface." We need to find 
means to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our 
presence known to all. One means already in opera- 
tion is our teacher-training program, the "Extension 
Seminary," preparing pastors to do the work of the 

ministry. This is often on a one-to-one basis and is 
certainly scriptural; yet, in a country that holds near- 
ly half the population of South America, we can 
hardly be satisfied with so slow a process. 

Literature then will help reach many who live in 
remote areas or in busy cities, and is vital to a con- 
tinuing, growing witness. There is a great need for 
those capable of translating and producing (writing) 
this type of literature and to help those already in- 

Another area of communication in which we are 
not yet involved is full-time radio. Almost everyone 
has a radio, but the only Christian broadcasting com- 
ing into our area is on TransWorld radio around 4:30 
a.m. and 9:30 p.m. for approximately an hour each 
time. We need good gospel programming during the 
daylight hours (6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.). Pray with us 
that the Lord will raise up the needed personnel and 
equipment so that we might increase our communica- 
tions outreach to thousands who might not otherwise 

When we think of communicating God's Word, we 
remember our brethren in Christ at Capanema, and 
thank the Lord for His Holy Spirit who has kept 
peace among His children in our absence and pro- 
duced spiritual growth. 

It is also reason for rejoicing to hear of young 
men, products of the Extension Seminary, being 
called into pastorates. Be much in prayer for these 
that God will give them wisdom in teaching His Word 
and in leading His people. The example of the pastor 
is so important especially in a new work where the 
folks learn by watching. 

Brazil is a country of tremendous potential and, if 
the Lord tarries, destined to be one of the world's 
great powers. Yet her greatness will be largely deter- 
( Continued on page 9) 


Was It 

Rev. J. Keith Altig 

Upon hearing that a missionary couple had 
retired from active service on the field to an- 
other type of ministry in the homeland, it 
might occur to some to ask if the couple con- 
sidered their career of missionary service to 
have been worth what it cost. They might 
ask: "Was it worthwhile?" 

Our own response to such a query would 
be a resounding YES. 

In the first place, going to the mission field 
was the fulfillment of a lifetime ambition. 
Perhaps this was due to the fact that I had 
been raised in a home with a strong mission- 
ary atmosphere so that the idea of missions 
was always on or just under the surface of my 
thinking. It was a moment of great triumph 
and fulfillment when we were approved to go 
as the pioneer workers for our Society to the 
land of Brazil. 

I sympathize with those who suffer such 
traumatic mental anguish as they seek to de- 
termine whether or not it is the will of God 
for them to go to the mission field. This was 
certainly not a problem for us. We could hard- 
ly wait to get there, and have always been 

thankful for this high privilege. 

It was worthwhile, too, just to become 
acquainted with the wonderful people who 
came to know the Lord as we ministered the 

Representative of these would be Raimun- 
do Cardoso, who came to our home after 
listening to the Gospel in an open-air meeting 
held near his home. He asked for a fuller ex- 
planation of the plan of salvation which, upon 
hearing, he accepted. He is now the pastor of 
his home church, and has been for many 
years. All of his family and many others have 
found the Lord as the time has sped by. 

One of the latest is Jorge Nascimento. 
Finding Christ in September of 1974, Jorge 
immediately entered a Bible school, from 
which he has now graduated. Meanwhile he 
has been very active in his local church, teach- 
ing, singing, witnessing, and leading many to 
our Lord. 

It should never be thought that going to 
the mission field is a waste of time or talent. 
It is a tremendous blessing for which I, for 
one, will be eternally grateful to our Lord and 
Saviour. Praise His Name! 

JANUARY 1, 1977 

The Birth 

of the Brethren 

Mission in Rf rica 

Miss Estella Myers 

(FMS editor's note: Christianity 
in Africa is making notable prog- 
ress. If the present growth rate 
should continue, by the turn of 
the century 46 percent of the in- 
habitants of Africa will be 

But Christianity did not al- 
ways enjoy this type of success. 
It is well to remember that Afri- 
ca was won at great cost. Hun- 
dreds of missionaries laid down 
their lives while those who lived 
to evangelize did so through suf- 
fering and sacrifice. 

Twenty years ago, on Novem- 
ber 1, 1956, the last of the 
Brethren pioneer missionary 
party, Miss Estella Myers, went 
to be with the Lord. Not long 
before her death she had written 
a series of articles entitled, "The 
Birth of the Brethren Mission in 
Africa," which were printed in 
the Brethren Missionary Herald. 

With a Brethren church now 
numbering some 80,000 in Afri- 
ca, it is well to review the mis- 
sionary labors that went into 
that church, and so we are re- 
printing here the first of the 1 3 
installments written by Miss 
Myers. The others will follow 
month by month.) 

"Ethiopia shall soon stretch 
out her hands unto God" (Ps. 

In 1913 when James Gribble 
and his wife wrote from British 
East Africa that they were com- 
ing home to interest the Brethren 
Church in evangelizing French 
Equatorial Africa, I volunteered 
to go back to Africa with them. 

At that time the Sudan was 
the largest unevangelized area on 
the face of the earth. On the por- 
tion of land between the banks 
of the Niger to that of the Nile, 
and from the sands of the Sahara 
to the forest of the Congo basin, 
lived countless tribes of pagan 
Africans whose hands were 
stretched out to an unknown 
God. Christianity, alone possess- 
ing the true God, was not known 
to them. Unless messengers of 
the cross speedily went to the 
people with the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ, they would be largely lost 
to Mohammedanism. This false 
religion was rapidly sweeping 
through Africa. To the heathen 
who had accepted this religion 
the statement, "the last state of 
man is worse than the first" 
would be true, for it is easier to 
convert pagans than Moham- 

medans. Then was the time to 

We knew that the French 
colony was closed to the Gospel; 
yet we knew God commanded 
His disciples to take the Gospel 
to "the uttermost part of the 
earth." We believed God would 
break down the barriers for His 
own peoole who dared to trust 
Him and go in person to knock 
at the door. To some this seemed 
presumptuous, but we still 
trusted God for His leadings. We 
wished to find members in the 
Brethren Church whose hearts 
were burdened for the people of 
this unreached land. Some volun- 
teered, but only Miss Mae 
Snyder from Dayton, Ohio, was 
ready to go with us. 

After three years of laying the 
need of the field upon the hearts 
of God's people, we were able to 
report the waiting days were over 
in America. The Brethren Church 
had accepted us, our outfits were 
ready, our passports had been re- 
ceived, and passage on the City 
of Cairo sailing for South Africa 
was obtained. 

The day for me to leave my 
home in Iowa was Christmas Day 
in 1917. There was joy that the 


waiting days were over; yet my 
heart was bleeding because I was 
leaving my sick father who had 
been growing weaker with can- 
cer. He did not want his long 
sickness to frustrate the first 
party going forth in Jesus' pre- 
cious name to knock at the 
closed door in French Equatorial 
Africa. He thanked the Lord that 
He counted him worthy to give a 
daughter for this cause. His last 
words to me were, "God will 
open the door for you people." 
He died six months later praying 
for this unreached field. God 
gave grace to all of us as we said 

Our party met at New Orleans 
and found Mr. Haas and his com- 
panion, Mr. Bragg, of the Baptist 
Mission also going to French 
Equatorial Africa for the same 
purpose. We had sweet fellow- 
ship together in prayer for God 
to work in the hearts of the 
French officials and open the 
door to evangelization in their 

Since we were leaving during 
the war days, everything had to 
be kept quiet. We were to take 
our baggage to the boat, keeping 

only the small hand luggage so 
we could come to the boat at a 
moment's notice. A week later a 
boy came out on a bicycle with a 
note saying, "Come to the boat 
at once!" We took a street car to 
the wharf and found the pas- 
sengers opening their baggage for 
inspection. Our 76 pieces were 
there to be inspected. After this 
ordeal was over, we all embarked 
on the boat which left shore the 

Pioneer missionary party to Africa aboard 
the SS City of Cairo; Miss Myers (left), 
Gribble family, Miss Snyder. 

next day. At the boat's office 
there was a telegram for me that 
read, "Congratulations. Heavenly 
blessings on the journey to you. 

We had 39 missionaries and 20 
children on board. Every morn- 
ing we had prayer and Bible class 
taught by Mr. Haas. He also 
taught French and Sango to 
those going to French territory. 
Our time was filled with good 
things and we were happy, for 
we believed we were in the will 
of the Lord. 

Our first stop was at the island 
of St. Lucia, where we took on 
coal. About 200 native men and 
women carried the coal in 
baskets on their heads to the 
boat, forming a line, and oh, the 
confusion among themselves! It 
was my first sight of the tropics 
and natives wearing rags. But 
their need was more than clothes 
for their bodies. Yes. they 
needed a chance to clothe them- 
selves in the righteousness of 
faith in believing on the Son of 
God. And God was sending us to 
tell the way of salvation to such 
people who were without hope 
and without God in the world. 

Communicating the Gospel in Brazil (Continued from page 6) 

mined by her response to the true Gospel of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. There are many proclaiming a gospel 
that is really another gospel because it denies the 
total work of Christ. The Scripture reveals the situ- 
ation of many Brazilians so well in Romans 10:2-3: 
"For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, 
but not according to knowledge. For they being 
ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to 
establish their own righteousness, have not submitted 
themselves unto the righteousness of God." The right- 
eousness of God in Christ Jesus is a mystery to them 
because for centuries they have been taught to seek 
the righteousness of God as something that God 
would produce "in you," and their zeal has been 
turned to a search for a righteousness that could be 
produced by self-effort or the keeping of laws. It is a 
real joy to be able to point these to Christ and see 
them grow in the freedom of the sons of God by faith 

in the righteousness that is in Christ, put to their 
account when they believe, as in the case of Abraham 
who believed God and it was counted to him for 
righteousness. Certainly we have a great God, and it is 
wonderful to be able to serve Him. 

Looking at the spiritual needs of the great nation 
of Brazil and considering how few there are who are 
laboring there and the need of communicating the 
greatest message on earth by literature, teaching, 
radio, or any other means, is it not possible that God 
is calling someone today to have a part in this great 
work? Perhaps you? 

(FMS editor's note: The Hodgdon family were forced 
to leave Brazil on short notice in January 1976 be- 
cause their documents were not in order. Praise the 
Lord, in answer to prayer, by the time this article is 
printed they should be in Brazil again.) 

JANUARY 1, 1977 

"You may have been a good nurse 
in the States, but until you can teach 
the Africans to do what you can do, 
you have failed as a missionary and as 
a nurse." This statement was made by 
Dr. Floyd Taber to four new mission- 
ary nurses— Gail Jones, Mary Ann 
Habegger, Edith Geske, and me. We 
were having our evening meal with the 
Tabers at the Yaloke station, two days 
after we had arrived in Africa at the 
end of June 1953. It was a challenge 
which I've never forgotten. 

We went on to the Bible Institute 
for three months of studying Sango, 
the trade language of the Central 
African Republic. One weekend during 
those three months I enjoyed a visit to 
N'Zoro. It is a beautiful hilly country, 
very near both the Chad and Cam- 
eroun borders, and right then I felt a 
real desire to live at N'Zoro and work 
among the Pana tribe. But I had been 
appointed to Bekoro to care for that 
medical work while Mary Beth Munn 
and Mary Cripe took furlough in No- 
vember 1953. 

During the next 18 months I gained 
a greal deal of experience by working 
daily in a well-established dispensary 
and also with the responsibility of a 
leper camp and two leper outposts 
where we gave medicine to patients 

But then, in June 1955, I did have 
the opportunity to move to N'Zoro. 
The dispensary had been built several 
years before but not too much medical 
work had been done there up to that 
time. During the next year we finished 
the job of putting shelves in the phar- 
macy area and filling them with medi- 
cine from our central pharmacy. The 
"miracle drugs" such as penicillin and 
sulfa caused the work to increase. I 
had two African helpers, but checked 
most of the patients myself and 
marked the treatments to be given. 
The African nurse who had been in 
charge took some medicine from the 
pharmacy during a delivery one night, 
so because of his dishonesty he was 
released. This meant I had to spend 
even more time at the dispensary, and 
be there for every delivery. 

Six months later a new Bible Insti- 
tute graduate started working with me 
at the dispensary. Daniel was a good 
student and soon developed into an 
excellent medical worker. (He is now 
head African at Boguila.) I spent much 
time with him on duty in the mornings 

That Was... This Is.. 
Missionary Nursing 
in ftfrica 

Marian Thurston 

and also had classes with him in the 
afternoons. I had the keys to the phar- 
macy and kept my eye on daily re- 
ceipts also. In the fall of that year I 
returned to the United States for my 
first furlough, and Dorothy Goodman 
took over my responsibilities. When I 
arrived back at N'Zoro a year later, we 
had another Bible Institute graduate at 
work. He was a hometown boy, very 
patient and kind, and the work with 
the children and maternity grew. (He 
is now head of the Yaloke work.) 

Marian Thurston 
with African twins 

Since 1958 N'Zoro has changed 
head nurses several times. Difficult 
days came in 1971 when in less than 
nine months four different nurses were 
in charge. Consequently, again I spent 
a lot of time at work. Then in April 
1972 the present head nurse came. He 
has the keys to the pharmacy and pre- 
scribes medicines and treatments, and 
I have spent little time there since then 
except to go when I'm called. This is 
usually for very sick patients or com- 
plicated deliveries which many times 
must be transported to a hospital for 
surgery. Sometimes I take them to the 
government hospital at Bocaranga (33 
miles) or to our own hospital at Bo- 

guila (125 miles). We try, through 
careful prenatal exams and measure- 
ments, to foresee complications so the 
patients can be transported to the hos- 
pital before the emergency hour. Also, 
there are hernias, appendectomies, and 
compound fractures that require sur- 
gery. Around the end of each month I 
do visit N'Zoro in order to balance the 
books, help make out medical orders 
to come from the Boguila central phar- 
macy, and check the inventories. The 
receipts are sent to Boguila so that 
more drugs can be ordered from Italy, 
Germany, England, France, Denmark, 
and USA. But wait, this deals only 
with the N'Zoro dispensary. 

In March 1965 a new area of medi- 
cal work began in this field. The 
church at Mann (27 miles— an hour 
and a half to two hour drive) opened a 
new dispensary. The people built a 
small mudblock building with a veran- 
da, and a hangar under which much of 
the work was to be done. Dr. Taber 
came for the dedication the last Sun- 
day in March, and stayed over to help 
open the work on Monday morning. 
But complicated deliveries don't wait 
until 7:30 a.m. and Dr. Taber was 
called during the night for Mann's first 
case. He worked several hours but: 
couldn't deliver the baby so he 
brought the woman to N'Zoro, and we 
took her to Boguila for an operation. 
The baby was dead but the mother 
lived. So Mann opened with a bang 
and has been a large work ever since; 
in fact, the work there is larger than at 
N'Zoro now. Mann draws many pa- 
tients from both Camerouns and Chad. 
Since that time a new permanent 
building has been built at Mann. I 
want to say that I appreciate the co- 
operation and help we have received 


from the Mann church and pastors. 
About one third of our N'Zoro district 
pastors are from the Mann church 
area. Each dispensary has a morning 
service before beginning work, and 
Mann has many decisions for Christ 
each year. 

At Mann we have one Bible Insti- 
tute graduate as head nurse, one third- 
year student, and two fellows who 
were students but were unable to ad- 
vance in the program— one because his 
wife could not read so he couldn't go 
to Bible Institute. All our medical stu- 
dents go to Bible Institute after a year 
of probation and three years as stu- 
dent nurses. 

In 1970 a new church dispensary 
was opened at Bogang IV (70 miles 
from N'Zoro— three or four hours 
drive). This is a different type of work. 
Many patients are Moslems. Many 
from the cattle-herding nomadic tribe, 
Foulebe, come during rainy season as 
they herd their cattle close by to sell 
their milk to the nearby Sarki Farm 
where cheese and butter are made. 

There are three types of visits I can 
make to three dispensaries. First, a 
planned visit somewhere near the end 
of the month, when I can check the 
books and pay the nurses. If I'm late, 
they still get paid and I check later. I 
send word to the dispensary when I 
plan to arrive, and because they know 
I am coming, I can check patients they 
want me to examine or care for other 
needy matters. This is the most fre- 
quent type of visit. Second, an emer- 
gency visit may be made when the 
head nurse sends a bicyclist with word 
that assistance is needed immediately. 
For this type of call you stop whatever 
you are doing and go immediately. 
Many times you meet a runner with 
the sad news of "too late." I have 
never been called to Bogang IV as they 
have daily bus service to a large 
government hospital at Bouar. 

Third is a surprise visit. In this type 
of visit you find out what really goes 
on. I usually take the president of the 
medical board of directors on such a 

visit, since he is the local N'Zoro pas- 
tor. Sometimes we find things we 
don't like to see, and hence discipline 
is in store for someone. But most of 
the time, after the initial surprise 
wears off, things go along smoothly. 

In 1975 the receipts for these three 
medical works were as follows: Mann, 
$8,590; N'Zoro, $6,655; and Bogang 
IV, $5,110. About one third of these 
amounts went to pay the salaries of 
the local nurses, and the rest was sent 
to the medical treasurer at Boguila to 
purchase more drugs and equipment. 

Many times on my way to and from 
Boguila I also visit the Koundjili dis- 
pensary, and occasionally I visit the 
one in the Chad, stopping to see the 
Klievers on the way. 

This past term I spent no time 
teaching local N'Zoro nurses in the 
afternoons; the older African nurses 
teach the younger ones. I did teach 
two laboratory classes at Boguila (30 
hours each). You say: "That must be 
great — nothing to do! You have 
worked yourself out of a job." I want 
to thank the Lord for the vision that 
Dr. Taber had for training others to do 
what you can do! 

Let's not forget I'm a missionary. I 
received my appointment to Africa be- 
cause I was a nurse, but I'm not stay- 
ing because I'm a nurse. Almost every 
medical visit I make I have a trunk of 
Bibles, Testaments, and other church 
books with me to sell. I usually try to 
work the medical visits in with church 
visits and stay over the weekends. I 
visited more than 20 of our N'Zoro 
churches last year and also attended 
four conferences, helping with girls 
work, preaching services, and selling 

Twenty weeks of the year I teach 
three hours a day in our district Bible 
Institute (this is my favorite work). 
From eight to ten weeks a year are 
spent in formation classes for girls and 
their leaders. Pray for me as I plan to 
return to N'Zoro in early February, 
that I will be prepared by His Spirit to 
do whatever the mission and the 
church have for me. 

Good News from Macon 
(Continued from page 4) 

somed this year as she has begun to 
read and write, and was making many 
friends among her classmates. Now she 
will have to start over again. We know, 
however, that God is leading in this 
matter as well. Her new school is lo- 
cated just two blocks from the apart- 
ment and is the same school Jackie 
Julien attended when she was in 
Macon. The principal was happy to 
learn there would be another Ameri- 
can in his school, and we discovered 
that Ginette will be using the same 
reading book she started out with this 
year. It looks as though the shock will 
be minimal. 

Many other things we could share 
with you. We are off to an excellent 
start for the year as far as the ministry 
is concerned, and feel that this will be 
one of the best years yet. We are 
especially excited about the way the 
Macon church is taking shape. 

Pray especially for the core of six 
or seven men whom I will begin train- 
ing this week for leadership in the 
church. This is a great step forward in 
our strategy for the work in Macon. 
Pray for the three missionary families 
who are working together here in 
France. We are striving to have real 
unity in purpose so that the strategy 
God has directed us to adopt will be 
more effective. 

Thank you again for standing with 
us as praying friends. 

Note: The DeArmeys' new address is 
7 rue Paul Gateaud 
71100 - Macon, France 

JANUARY 1, 1977 

News Summary 

From the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association ' 

• Once-upon-a-time ... a man had a face-to-face con- 
frontation with a big black bear. This man, John Snyder, 
is the Sunday School superintendent at the Brethren 
Church, Kenai, Alaska, and is a man who rarely hunts or 
fishes; but this time one shot was all that was needed 
. . . and the gun jammed after that one shot but the bear 
was dead. Pastor Ed Jackson says, "If his one shot had 
not been well placed the entire story could have been 

• Washington, D.C. (EPJ— A "sense of Congress" resolu- 
tion in support of Soviet Christians and other religious 
believers suffering for their beliefs in the USSR has been 
passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives. 

The measure, originally introduced in the House by 
Rep. John H. Buchanan, Jr. (R-Ala.), calls on the Krem- 
lin to free dissident Baptist minister Georgi Vins, 48, 
currently serving a five-year sentence at hard labor for 
religious activities, such as evangelizing, teaching and 


A six-month's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald is given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

Marlene Frost and William Barrett, Sept. 25, Grace 
Brethren Church, Findlay, Ohio. 

Mary Petty and Gerald Luce, Oct. 5, Leon Brethren 
Church, Leon, Iowa. 

Susan Kline and Marvin Shucker, Jr., Oct. 9, Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Patrice Troutman and Dale Brightbill, Oct. 23, Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Jill Tyler and Ronald Myers, June 26, Grace Brethren 
Church, Sterling, Ohio. 

Barbara Biggins and John Bischoff, July 17, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Sterling, Ohio. 

Sharon Burns and Fred Meyers, Aug. 21, North Buffalo 
Grace Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa. 
Debra Immell and Sheldon Gill, Oct. 2, First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Dorinda Lewis and Kenneth Colbert, Oct. 16, First 
Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Linda Flory and Douglas Gemmill, Nov. 19, First Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Denise Bramham and Duane Fuller, Nov. 20, First Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Sheri Barron and Sonny Austin, Nov. 27, First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 


Construction continues at Grace Village 

• Grace Village at Winona Lake, Ind.. has begun its third 
year of providing retirement living for its residents. 
October 16, 1974, was the first day that meals were 
served in the dining room of the new retirement com- 
plex. Now there are over 3,000 meals served per month. 

There are 58 apartments in the present facility with a 
total of 67 residents. Twelve more apartments will be 
completed and available in the spring of 1977. 

Just seven years after the formation of a national 
conference committee to study the feasibility of build- 
ing a retirement facility, the total assets of Grace Village 
amounted to $1,558,154. This remarkable amount 
represents resident deposits, investments and gifts. 

Information concerning occupancy or investments 
may be obtained from the Administrator, Grace Village, 
P. O. Box 337, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

•ACCENT magazine is now available by subscrip- 
tion— $3 per year, quarterly issues. Sent bulk to 
churches, ACCENTS are $1 per year per person. 
Churches are asked to report number desired, now 
please-GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. 

5 Churches wishing the ministries of GBC Christian Edu- 
cation consultants should request information from the 
Winona office, Box 365. David Seifert, church growth; 
Howard Mayes, education. Limited availability, excellent 

• Notice to pastors and church secretaries: Please destroy 
any business reply postage paid envelopes that you may 
have received from the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 
New postal regulations and sharply increased postage 
rates for this type of mail are making it impractical for 
the Herald Co. to continue this service. Thank you for 
your cooperation in this matter. 



In Memory. 

Not ice sin this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

HARVEY, Edna, 75, Nov. 1, a member of Calvary 
Brethren Church, Kettering, Ohio. Services were con- 
ducted by Rev. Henry Barnhart and Rev. David Moon. 
HAZEN, Edna, 69, Oct. 30, a much loved member of 
the Grace Brethren Church, Chico, Calif. Lloyd Wool- 
man, pastor. 

HUGHES, Lena, 87, Oct. 6, a charter member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Johnson City, Tenn. Carlton 
Fuller, pastor. 

O'DELL, Ethel, 68, Nov. 5, faithful member of the First 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 36 years. In the 
absence of Pastor Forrest Jackson, Rev. Lon Karns of- 
ficiated at the memorial service. 

ROOF, Owen, 76, Oct. 13, a charter member of the 
Englewood Grace Brethren Church, Englewood, Ohio. 
Pastor Gerald Polman was assisted in the memorial serv- 
ice by Rev. Lon Karns. 

• Jehovah's Witnesses Restricted (EP)— Argentina's mili- 
tary government has barred members of the Jehovah's 
Witnesses sect from publishing literature, holding meet- 
ings, or otherwise practicing their religion in the coun- 
try. The sect's refusal to sing the national anthem or 
pledge allegiance to the flag is apparently the reason for 
the action. 

•The founder and prime mover of Search Foundation, 
Dr. Ralph E. Crawford, passed away unexpectedly on 
Nov. 2 at the age of 74. (Search is actively engaged in 
obtaining clearance for an expedition to Mt. Ararat in 
Turkey to look for the Ark.) Rev. Nathan Meyer partici- 
pated in the funeral service which was held in Cumber- 
land, Md. 

•Chaplain G. James Dickson has taken up his duties in 
his new assignment at the Naval Training School in San 
Diego. He is involved in the evangelistic ministry with 
recruits, a program in which the Navigators give assist- 
ance. There are over 600 in attendance each Sunday 
morning, and there are 50 to 60 decisions per week. 

In August Chaplain Dickson received an official visit 
by Endorsing Agent Clyde Landrum (left) in the accom- 
panying picture. They are shown aboard the USS Halsey, 
Chaplain Dickson's assigned ship during the past three 

10 Having felt the Lord's leading into the Fellowship of 
the Grace Brethren Church and upon the recommenda- 
tion of the Rocky Mountain District Ministerium, 
ordination was requested and took place for Rev. Don- 
ald Weltmer at the Denver Grace Brethren Church where 
he has assumed the pastorate. 

Pastor John Aeby of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Arvada, Colo., brought a challenging message. Others 
taking part in the service were: Rev. Gerald Kelley, 
Grace Brethren Church, Middlebranch, Ohio; Russell 
West, Lowell Miller, and Louis Amundsen of the local 


in the TSrethren 

Missionary Herald: 

35 Years Ago-1 942 

Send a subscription to an army selectee in camp and the 
cost of the Brethren Missionary Herald will be $1.00 
or .02 a copy .... Harry Shipley reports that the Chris- 
tian Endeavor of the First Brethren Church (Dayton, 
Ohio), met at a member's home for "tract rolling" and 
several hundred "Gospel Bombs" were wrapped in 
bright cellophane paper .... 

15 Years Ago-1962 

The Foreign Missionary Society announces that Mr. and 
Mrs. Phil Guerena will be going to Mexico soon .... 
Kenneth Russell has accepted the pastorate of the 
Berne, Indiana, Church .... North Riverdale of Dayton, 
Ohio, has a mortgage burning service reports Russell 
Ward, pastor. The speaker was Rev. R. D. Barnard .... 

5 Years Ago-1 972 

was number one on the Christian reading list .... A 
new Baldwin organ was dedicated at Dallas Center, 
Iowa .... A nine day trip to the Holy Land was a gift 
to Sewell Landrum from the Clayhole Brethren 
Church .... Dr. Lloyd Fish joins the faculty of Grace 
College .... 

JANUARY 1, 1977 


Q^Ceirs ''Co^ether of the ^Qjmce af(^Q)od 

(photo by Jay Fret2) 



(Addresses may be found on pages 31 and 32 of the 1977 Brethren 


Miss Carol Mensinger March 6 

Jonathan David Austin March 10, 1975 

Stephanie Suzanne Pfahler March 23, 1972 

Miss Gail Jones March 3 1 


Norman Alan Hoyt March 7, 1963 

Mrs. Lynn A. Hoyt March 1 2 


Ronald Andrew Burk March 15, 1972 

Joseph Daniel Johnson March 25, 1975 


Mrs. Thomas Julien March 27 


Rev. Foster R. Tresise March 20 


Miss Ruth Elaine Dowdy March 26, 1959 


Mr. Albert W. Balzer March 1 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Mrs. Hattie Sheldon March 2 1 



Pres.-Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Woos- 

ter Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Secy.-Mrs. George Christie, 417 Allison 

Way, Goldendale, Wash. 98620 
Asst. Secy.-Mrs. John Neely, 565 Stony- 
ridge Ave., Troy. Ohio 45373 
Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 

National WMC.) 
Asst. Fin. Secy.-Mrs. Thomas Inman, 2244 

Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Lit. Secy.-Mrs. Charles Koontz. R. R. 8, 

Box 157, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Richard Sellers, 4661 

Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 



Grace students are spending time and 
money to equip themselves for the 
Lord's service in many endeavors. Let's 
use our resources wisely to continue to 
support these schools and the students. 
Remember . . . 

Only $2 

From each of you 

Will help us do 

Great things for God this year. 

JANUARY 1, 1977 


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With the presidential candi- 
dates this year running for 
office, and hearing their 
debates and campaign 
promises, I'm just hap- 
py to know that in 
our organization we 
do not have to go 
out and get votes! 
We do not have 
to make promises 
or say things we know 
cannot be done. Isn't it great 
to know that those whom the 
Lord wants in WMC; He will 
place there? We know with 
all the ladies praying for us 
that our WMC will glorify 
the Lord Jesus Christ. 



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How is your own individual daily life coming along? This year of 
1977 can be a great year for you. In our WMC president s message 
at national conference we reminded you to have peace in the 
Lord to please the Lord, and to praise the Lord. Are you? Re- 
member The most beautiful person is the one who has the mner 
Sow of Christ's love shining through her life at all times. Are you 
still saying: 

Let Christ's beauty shine through me 

For all the whole wide world to see. 

Another in the series on the 1976-77 WMC Birthday Missionaries — 

r etime -A^lmost 

Miss Ruth Snyder 

In one of the narrow valleys of the 
Alleghenies, where every summer 
morning the hilltops play peek-a-boo 
in the fog, I learned to walk, to talk, 
and to say the ABC's. It was a good 
place to grow up. The descendants of 
the settlers in the valley were sturdy 
folks who believed in hard work and 
honest business. They were quick 
witted, which made them a jolly lot. 
They were also quick to judge, which 
made them something not so jolly. 

In addition to the old families, 
there were the immigrants. Years be- 
fore I appeared on the scene, hundreds 
of immigrants had settled in the valley. 
Each Sunday morning the "immi- 
grant" train arrived in the city, spilling 
out its bewildered passengers in their 
old-world garb. Russians, Hungarians, 
Poles, and Czechs came to furnish 
workers for the expanding steel mills. 
Because of their presence in the com- 
munity, I learned there were other lan- 
guages besides English and Dutch. I 
saw that there were other ways of life 
than those of the pioneers who settled 
in the Alleghenies. And I heard folks 
say, "It isn't necessary to go out of 
town to preach the Gospel to all na- 

The pioneers who had settled in the 
beautiful valleys had bequeathed to us, 
their children, an atmosphere of piety 
which has done us good all our lives. 
Not least among the settlers were the 
Dunkards who peopled the hills and 
valleys. We their offspring went to 
school with the children of the recent 
immigrants. Piety and cosmopolitan- 
ism—what a wonderful background for 
a missionary. Some young missionaries 
suffer many pains learning that there 
are lovely, interesting people who are 
not stamped "Made in USA." This I 

knew from my childhood. The apostle 
Paul rejoiced because of his religious 
and civic background. I can under- 
stand his emotions. Would that I could 
labor as abundantly. 

Youth is a wonderful age. In youth 
we are convinced that we will make a 
contribution to the world just as soon 
as we finish our training. For me the 
blow of reality struck less than a year 
after my diploma had been tucked 
away in a trunk. Talk of passports, 
outfits, and ships is more exciting for 
the first trip abroad than for any sub- 
sequent one. The excitement gripped 
me. Passport in hand, trunks checked, 
and feet on the deck of a ship, I was 
on my way to Africa. As the lights of 
New York faded into the distance one 
by one, I could not know that almost 
three years were to pass by before I 
would stand on African soil. 

Roaring guns, sinking ships, con- 
finements of prison ships, blockade- 
running are all known as the fortunes 
of war. So it was the fortunes of war 
which stood between me and Africa 
early in 1941. The Lord heard the 
voices of those who cried to Him "for 
those in peril on the sea." Goods can 
be replaced, but each of us has only 
one life. Although the experience had 
been difficult, I still had a life, I was 
still young, I had been left here to fol- 
low the call of the faithful Lord. 

In 1943 I set out again. The for- 
tunes of war were yet with me. Evad- 
ing convoys, stopping at the command 
of a German plane, sailing among drift- 
ing, empty lifeboats made the second 
journey just a little less eventful than 
the first. But this time, Africa. 

It was love at first sight. Slowly 
chugging up the Congo and Ubangui 

rivers by day, stopping at sunset to 
load wood for the ancient steam boil- 
ers for the next day's journey as well 
as to feed the mosquitoes, and— at 
last— Bangui. I sometimes feel sorry for 
new missionaries who are rushed to 
the field by plane as they never have a 
similar experience. Being among the 
last of the missionaries to chug up the 
river, I was probably the last to travel 
by "push." I first saw Karre Land and 
Kabba Land from my seat in a one- 
wheeled chariot. Such a vehicle allows 
one plenty of time to study the land- 
scape. And not the landscape only, but 
the people as well. One African before 
and one behind the push kept up a 
constant chatter among themselves 
and the men who were carrying the 
chop box, bed, chair, duffle bag, and 
the other luxuries of the white folks. 

However, wandering through the 
bush was not to be the method of my 
work. In 1946 I started teaching in the 
Central Bible School of the mission, 
and there I have continued ever since 
except for furloughs. During these 30 
years I have had many disappoint- 
ments. I have disappointed myself. My 
youthful hopes of "helping" in my 
time have not been realized. Many of 
my students have disappointed me. In 
them I saw possibilities of the leaders 
the churches in Africa seem to need. 
But, alas, like me, they too have not 
realized their early hopes. But in one 
thing I have never been disappointed. 
The Lord spoke to my youthful heart: 
"Go ... I will be with you." He has 
never failed. He has kept His promise. 

Some day when I see what the Lord 
has made of my students I will be 
amazed. And I will thank Him forever 
that He allowed me to be in Africa to 
see Him at work. 


JANUARY 1, 1977 


7 // Search of&Cidden O&eautp 

Can Hidden Beauty be found in daily living? It is 
easy to see God's handiwork in plain sight in the 
marvels of creation and His answers to our prayers, 
but do we concentrate enough on the little things in 
our lives and try to find God's purpose in them? 
Consider the following. Did God have a reason why 
your last machine needle should break at midnight 
when daughter had to have her choir outfit done by 
tomorrow? What about the time when your youngest, 
in clean clothes, backed into the sump pump as you 
were hurrying out the door to a wedding? Was God 
picking on YOU? Then there was the time that you 
promised to take cookies to the shut-in and you 
could find none of the right ingredients in your 
pantry, no neighbors at home, and the car wouldn't 
start. Maybe a flat tire doesn't seem to you to be a 
trial. If it doesn't, you either were an "A" student in 
Auto Mechanics or never had that special letdown. 
Perhaps none of the above has happened to you, but 
we all have had a day when things just didn't go right. 

It can be very easy at times like these to get a 
complex or run to the nearest bottle of tranquilizers 
when we should concentrate on our God who is 
omnipotent even in situations like these. Listening re- 
cently to a sermon by Pastor Jim Custer I heard him 
say, "To a Christian trials are only God-given 
opportunities." It is our responsibility to discern 
what those opportunities should be. Instead of 
tranquilizing capsules, we need the capsule found in 

II Corinthians 12:10: "Therefore I take pleasure in 
infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecu- 
tions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am 
weak, then am I strong." 

On an off-day perhaps we think Paul had a morbid 
wish to be all of these things, but better than that I 
feel he was willing to let all of these things come into 
his life that he might be closer to our Lord and His 
strength. Are we willing vessels or chafing at each 
instruction the Lord gives? Are we searching for 
Hidden Beauty in our lives? 

The following poem was submitted by Linda Moore: 

Would I be called a "Christian" 

If everybody knew 
My secret thoughts and feelings, 

And everything I do? 
Or could they see the likeness 

Of Christ in me each day? 
Or could they hear Him speaking 

In every word I say? 

Would I be called a "Christian" 
If anyone should know 

That I am found in places 
Where Jesus would not go? 

Or would they hear His echo 

In every song I sing? 
In eating, drinking, dressing, 

Could they see Christ, my King! 

Would I be called a "Christian" 

If judged by what I read? 
By all my recreations, 

And every thought and deed? 
Could I be counted Christ-like 

As I now work and pray, 
Unselfish, kind, forgiving, 

To others every day? 


BMH Newest News 

Rev. Archie Lynn, retired Brethren minister, died Dec. 14. (details later). 
Grace Lancers basketball team is off to a good start this season at 5-1. 

BMH finished the year 1976 with a record in sales and offering. 

The pastorate at Findlay Grace Brethren Church (Ohio) has been assumed by 
Rev. Thomas Goo s sens. 

Andrew Elwyn arrived on Nov. 13 to gladden the home of his missionary parents, 
Aldo and Alice Hoyt of Argentina. 

Johnstown, Pa., is the new home for the Charles Martin family as Pastor Martin 
recently began his work as pastor among the Brethren of the First Church. 

President and Mrs. Homer Kent, Jr., Chaplain Lee Jenkins of Grace Schools, 
and Randy Schmidt, student chaplain were guests recently at Governor Otis 
Bowen's prayer breakfast held in Indianapolis. 

Grace Seminary students, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fetterhoff and Randy Senior, 

are being used of the Lord as they faithfully conduct and assist in the worship 

services at the Grace Brethren Church in Berrien Springs, Mich. 

Rev. Arthur Collins has accepted the call to pastor the Danville, Ohio, Grace 
Brethren Church. 

With 26 decisions made during the week of special meetings with the Becker 
Evangelistic Team, the Englewood Grace Brethren Church is giving praise to 
the Lord for the victories won. 

Rev. Joseph Podraza has accepted the pastorate at the Grace Brethren Church 
at Hope, N.J. 

The Grace Brethren Church of Sterling, Ohio, is happy to announce the licensure 
of Gary Miller who is presently seeking the Lord's will as to a new pastorate 
following his youth ministry in the Patterson Park Brethren Church (Ohio) . 

Pray for the Becker Evangelistic Team as they minister at Grace Brethren Church, 
Orlando, Fla. (Jan. 2-7), and at Grace Brethren Church, Ormond Beach, Fla . 
(Jan. 9-14). 

The Los Altos Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif., has called Rev. Michael 
Morris to be their new pastor. Mr. Morris had been Minister of Family Services 
at the Brethren Church, Seal Beach, Calif. 

Everybody's invited to the dedication of the Grace Brethren Church in Anderson, 
S.C., on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m., followed by another dedication on Sun- 
day at 2:30 p.m. 

JANUARY 1, 1977 

Three That 
Rre Growing: 

hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

«G\^ e 


Knute Larson, 
Executive Director 
GBC Christian Education 

Gimme a G • R - -W ! 

As a reader of CE pages in the Herald you've got to be 
someone who cares. 

You're concerned about your own spiritual growth as well 
as the growth of your church. 

But perhaps, like all of us at times, you're a bit unsure of 
what to do to make growth happen. Depending on where you 
live and what you read, you may even be weary of the un- 
ending cheers to 

"Go, Grow 

Don't be slow 

Open your eyes 

Reach the skies." 

And maybe you had enough of games and contests Friday 
evening. What should you do? 

May I share these suggestions: 

1. Stay close to the Lord, controlled by His Spirit. Your 
own holy spirit is most essential to the spirit of the 
church. And the spirit of the church is even more impor- 
tant than the strategy. 

2. Ask your pastor what you can do to help better. While 
you're at the appointment, listen for at least 20 minutes 
to his concerns for the church. Maybe you and your wife 
could go together on this. 

3. Pray, and get others to join you. Ask them one at a time. 
A totally positive prayer request for the church and its 
ministry. Then get the new pray-er to ask several others. 
One at a time. 

4. Read a good "church growth " book, or attend one of our 
seminars. This will help with continued strategy. 

The first three steps must come first. Church is not a 
business or a political move calling for savvy and skill alone. 
The spirit is the real issue. 
Your spirit! 
Thank you for caring. 

Seal Beach, Calif. 

Roy Roberts, pastor 


1. In addition to God's grace, what do you feel have been 
the major factors that have contributed to church growth at 
Seal Beach? 

A. The elimination of many and burdensome committees in 
favor of a single board system. This is a board of elders 
consisting of lay and full-time elders, who meet the 
qualifications of I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. They 
have oversight and provide leadership for the entire 
church and all areas of church life (I Tim. 3:4-5; 5:17; I 
Peter 5:2-3; Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5; Phil. 1:1; James 

B. The removal of every "platform" from which a negative, 
retarding or troublesome person can speak. The Biblical 
principle of Matthew 18:15-20, in the spirit of Galatians 


6:1, is now the governing process. No one is heard unless 
Matthew 18 is adhered to forthrightly and completely. 
This has greatly diminished the clamorings of the "carnal 
corral." The result has been the replacement of certain 
chronic complainers, who hinder church growth, with 
positive, supportive and productive people. Praise the 

Allowing the senior pastor-teacher to fulfill his New 
Testament "job description" to preach, study, pray and 
counsel without additional burdens which restrain his 
performance in these primary areas (I Tim. 2:7; 4:11; 
5:17; 6:2; II Tim. 1:11; 4:2; Acts 6:4; 18:11; 19:9-10; 
Col. 1:28). Other so-called pastoral duties are divided 
among many others so that they are able to do "the 
(Continued on page 23) 

We interviewed the pastors of three growing churches. 
Three growing churches. Three different sizes. 
Interesting results. But there's something else . . . 
We received an interesting letter from a certain 
church secretary, suggesting that her pastor had 
failed to mention one vital element: himself. Worthy 
of note. A comment well taken. 
Three growing churches. Three different sizes. 
And three men God is using. Read all about it . . . 

Chambersburg, Pa. 

Buck Summers, pastor 


1. In addition to God's grace, what do you feel 
have been the major factors that have contributed to 
church growth at Chambersburg? 

1. Expository preaching and teaching of the Word 
of God with emphasis on understanding and 
personal application. 

2. Having a philosophy of ministry! We believe in 
and practice developing the four areas of a per- 
son's life as mentioned in Luke 2:52 (mental, 
physical, social, and spiritual). We believe that 
the growth of the spiritual area is the key to 
growth in the other areas. Our Total Church 
Ministries are implemented to the fulfillment of 
the philosophy. 

3. People caring for people. From the beginning 
pastoral care has been shown. The church folk 
have been encouraged to follow this principle in 
their relationships with others. Thanks to them, 
it's working! 


People involved in Total Church Ministry. Many 
of our people take an active role in the various 
ministries of our church. Recognition of 
people's abilities and spiritual gifts, in conjunc- 
tion with their desire to serve, assist the pas- 
toral staff in placement for effective ministry. 

(Continued on page 23) 

Worthington, Ohio 

Jim Custer, pastor 


1. In addition to God's grace, what do you feel 
have been the major factors that have contributed to 
church growth at Worthington? 

1. A commitment to grow. We must deal with what- 
ever problems and changes that commitment may 
bring. A New Testament church is a growing 
church. The "purer" the church the more produc- 
tive the church. 

2. A plan to grow. The leadership has to know where 
and how the church will achieve its growth goals. 
Anticipated problems and continual changes in ar- 
rangements and methods are normal. 

3. A practical dependence upon God in prayer and 
dedication of time and money. Enthusiasm is es- 
sential. Believe that God is alive and attempt to 
live each day expecting Him to honor His Word. 

4. A people-oriented program geared to family and 
personal needs. Try to discover where people are 
and begin with them there. Jesus did. Make meet- 
ings attractive. Involve everyone possible and then 

help them succeed. 
5. A Bible-centered ministry. Nothing can replace 
Bible teaching, preaching and discussion. But make 
it practical, vital, relevant to people living today. 
Make the Bible instruction team-oriented so every- 
one can become involved in doing and showing. 

2. What basic principles of growth have you ob- 
served at Worthington that you believe would work 

The five above. People have the same needs every- 
where. We have to go out to them through normal, 
natural contacts and show them our answer. Love 
people, be enthused and confident that God will do 
His part, know what you believe God wants to do, be 
friendly and open, put the truth you know into daily 
living, work hard at developing strong leadership 
among the people and leave room for God to work. 
Expect problems. They are the way God trains us and 
moves His work forward. 

JANUARY 1, 1977 


Speaking of church growth. . . 

Dr. Win Am chats with Pastor Knute 
Larson at Ashland, Ohio, on the set of 
the Ashland Grace Brethren Church 
television talk show. Pastor Larson, 
who serves as the executive director 
of GBC Christian Education, inter- 
viewed Dr. Arn discussing American 
church growth. Arn is the director 
of the Institute for American Church 

. . . We're hoping to help! . 
Church growth is one of them! 

. Hoping to help in a lot of areas . . 

And as a ministry of GBC Christian Education we are excited about our 
working relationship with the Institute for American Church Growth 
an the Brethren Board of Evangelism. Together, the three of us, we 
have been able to assemble a seminar package full of practical help. 

... We believe your church can grow! . . . And we're hoping to help! 

Your gifts to GBC Christian Education help make ministries like this a reality. Give 
through your local church. Or write: GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. 

SEAL BEACH (Continued from page 20) 

work of service" (Eph. 4:1 1-12). 

D. The board of elders hold the responsibility of "equip- 
ping of the saints for the work of service" (Eph. 
4:11-12). They facilitate an ongoing movement of dis- 
cipleship and evangelism (II Tim. 2:1-2). (For a further 
elaboration on this subject, please see Dr. Roy Roberts' 
book, The Game of Life— Studies in James, which is 
printed by BMH Books, Winona Lake, Ind.). 

E. Moneys were invested in competent "staff" before they 
were placed into building programs. This prevented "the 
tail from wagging the dog" by being in bondage to an over- 
whelming debt. Presently there is maximum and dupli- 
cate use made of the existing plant. The staff helps 
"free" the senior pastor-teacher from jobs which they 
can otherwise assume. A much more effective work is 
thereby achieved. Many are doing something instead of 
one person doing everything. 

2. What basic principles of growth have you observed at 
Jeal Beach that you believe would work anywhere? 

Ultimately all church growth is purely the sovereignty of 
God (Eph. 1:11; Rev. 4:11). In concert with His revealed 
sovereignty, which is clearly that His Church grow and His 
lost sheep be found, the Seal Beach Church has gleaned 
some basic Biblical principles which it believes will work 
A. The apostle Luke reports that the new believers in Jeru- 

salem "were continually devoting themselves to the 
apostles' teaching and to fellowship. . . . And the Lord 
was adding to their number day by day those who were 
being saved" (Acts 2:42, 47). Therefore, Seal Beach 
Brethren believe that all Christians today need these 
same vital experiences: 

1. Vital learning experiences with the Word of God (that 
is, Bible Teaching). 

2. Vital relational experiences, both with other Chris- 
tians, in their homes, and with the Lord (Fellowship). 

3. Vital sharing experiences with the unsaved (Witness- 
ing). Grace Brethren of Seal Beach attempt to provide 
believers with a balanced emphasis in these three 

B. To encourage every lay person to ask himself or herself 
the question: "What can I do to free the leadership of 
my church from duties that I can do?" Obviously, the 
net result is that the pastoral staff can spend more time 
in the study of the Bible. Since people are hungry for 
the Word of God, their hunger will be satisfied if their 
spiritual leaders are given time to prepare to teach. The 
Biblical duty of every believer is that he or she have a 
piece of the "church-action" in the contribution and 
function of that local body of which he or she is a part. 
This is simple, elementary, New Testament Christianity. 
Can we do less? 

(Continued from page 21)- 

5. Ministry to the family. Total Church Ministry is 
designed to encourage and train individuals to 
fulfill their family roles. 

2. What basic principles of growth have you ob- 
served at Chambersburg that you believe would work 

I personally believe that the first four factors men- 
tioned in answer to the first question will work in 
any church, if properly ministered. 

There may well be an exception to factor five, if 
the church was not able to minister in an area 
where there are still family ties. Even then, family 
principles should be taught to the church. 
Build where you are strong. As a church begins to 
develop, areas of strength become evident. Build 
on these areas (example: our families here at 
Chambersburg GBC are our greatest strength. This 
is where we are concentrating most of our efforts). 





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Don Rough 

Ronald Carnavelli 

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Sunnyside, Wash. 

John Terrell 

James O'Malley 





Conemaugh, Pa. 

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Marvin Lowery 

Gail Howie 

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George Wallace 

Tim Metcalf 

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Okeechobee, Fla. 

Charles Davis 

Steve Rogers 





Mabton, Wash. 

John Mcintosh 

Ed Houser 

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Jack Peters, Jr. 



Aiken, S.C. 

Steve Taylor 

Tim Rodenour 

Lauderdale, Fla. 





Chambersburg, Pa 

Earl Summers 

James Sanger 

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Cover Photo: Winter at Grace 
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4 Lonely People. . . 

6 Too Many Pastors ?? 

8 Dillsburg: through an Open Door 

10 An Eventful Day at Brethren Messianic Testimony 

12 BMH News Summary 

14 Grace News Notes 

16 The Return of the "Grace Ambassadors" 

18 1977 Grace Bible Conference 

20 BMH Newest News 

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□ I really enjoyed the message by Dr. 
Lloyd E. Fish in November 15 issue of 
the Herald. I hope to see more of this 
kind of article in your publication. 

I, on the other hand, hope to see 
less examples of the type of thinking 
indicated in the clipping below, since 
the inaccurate cliches used to promote 
detergents, dental products and pain- 
killers cannot do justice to the glory, 
power and majesty of God of all the 
universe.— California 

Here is the clipping referred to: 

The teens at Waynesboro (Pa.) 
Brethren were challenged to find ad- 
vertising slogans and change them into 
statements about God. Some of the re- 

God is like Crest 

God is like Tide 

dirt out. 
God is like Poli-Grip 

lets go. 
God is like Tylenol . . . You can't 
find a more potent pain reliever. 
God is like Cascade ... He gets rid 

of spots. 
God is like Alka-Seltzer ... Oh, 
what a relief He is. 

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He takes the 
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Reflections By Still Waters 

You Can Make (t 

I have always been bothered in my 
thinking as to why there is such a great 
gap between the power that God 
promises and the accomplishments of 
the average church. Anyone who is a 
student of the Scriptures has had the 
same problem. There is nothing wrong 
with the power of God, and the prom- 
ises to the individual Christian leave us 
in a state of awed impressions as to 
what God wants to do. Yet individual 
Christians and the local church find 
themselves bogged down in the mire of 
petty controversy and indecision. As 
the commercial reminds us; there has 
to be a better way. 

We all seek for the easy formula 
and the snap-quick answers that will 
solve our problems and unburden us 
from life's situations. Then we can be 
on our way to better and more pro- 
ductive lives for God. Would you share 
with me for a few moments some 
thoughts and feelings about our de- 
ficiencies and our hopes? 

The thoughts are not new with me, 
for I realize the beginning and end of 
wisdom seldom find a resting spot in 
one mortal. I think one of the great 
failures of the Christian life is the very 
vagueness of it. We are filled with the 
ability to "proof text" our doctrines 
and beliefs. It is important to know 
the Scriptures and to have a basis for 
our beliefs and this I would not in any 
way minimize. But it is not an end in 
itself. It is rather a foundation for the 
beginning of activity for God. In my 
observation with pastors and people I 
believe they do have sufficient basic 

knowledge or at least enough infor- 
mation and truth to launch them for- 
ward into active Christian service. 
They somehow find an end to the 
truth that they are to glorify God. 
This is their purpose for being and ex- 
isting in Christ. How to accomplish 
this purpose is something else. 

The purpose of one's life is the 
basic philosophy under which one 
lives; the great umbrella or covering 
for each life. We all live under it but 
some never seem to be able to move 
forward with it. Too large a group can- 
not make it mesh with everyday 
living— so they sit, sheltered from the 
hot sunlight of many problems. 

How are the problems to be over- 
come? Have a goal toward which you 
are moving to fulfill your purpose. 
Someone has described a goal as an at- 
tainable and measurable point to 
which you are moving. Both points are 
very important, because if you set a 
goal that is unattainable you and other 
people will become frustrated and de- 
spair and disillusionment will set in. It 
must also be measurable or else you 
will return to the stagnation of pur- 
pose without goal. You should know 
when you are approaching this measur- 
able goal; conquer it, then set out to 
establish new goals. A purpose then 
without a goal is a spiritual cop-out. I 
have found in my life one of the great- 
est motivating factors is to establish 
goals for almost all areas of my life. 
Look around and you will see people 
who are accomplishing things in all 

areas of life; goal-oriented people. The 
principles of goals— at tainable and 
measurable are valid in the light of 
Scriptures. Christ always knew where 
He was going and was always moving 
toward these goals. Leave your goals 
open to the leadership of the Holy 
Spirit but have goals, or your life will 
be an aimless nebulous existence. 

What would you think of a person 
with a gun who goes out and shoots it 
without taking aim? Such a hunter 
would not bag a deer or even a rabbit. 
He would come home from the hunt 
probably having shot his fellow hunt- 
ers. This is a picture of a lot of Chris- 
tians these days. 

Let me add a third dimension to 
this whole line of thought. Have a pur- 
pose—it forms the broad outline and 
boundaries of your reason for being. 
Then have goals; those measurable and 
attainable guidelines for glorifying 
God. The added dimension is creativi- 
ty. There is always something that 
separates the men from the boys. The 
"accomplishers" versus the "wonder- 
how-ers"; the people who do things 
and the people who tell you why it 
cannot be done. The people who do, 
added something to it all; they become 
involved, their persons and their be- 
ings, their time and their talents. What- 
ever it takes to get things done, they 
are willing to get that added dimension 
to get it done. There is always more 
than one way to do a job, the creative 
people find that way and add that 
dimension. What a challenge; all the 
power available— why not use it? 

Charles W. Turner 


JANUARY 15, 1977 

People . . . 

Robert W. Thompson 

Loneliness is truly the curse of our age. It 
has been labeled by some as the most devas- 
tating malady of the twentieth century. Billy 
Graham often shocks those who interview 
him by suggesting that loneliness is the prob- 
lem that plagues contemporary society more 
than any other. Paul Tournier, the noted 
author, sums it up by saying "there is no 
human condition so acute ... so universal 
... as that of loneliness." 

In his book Death in the City, Francis 
Schaeffer addresses himself to this condition 
by devoting an entire chapter under the head- 
ing "The Loneliness of Man." 

Perhaps you have a mental picture of lone- 
liness as some shipwrecked sailor washed up 
on a South Sea island, and like Robinson 
Crusoe, waits expectantly for his man Friday 
to appear. Although we might be able to 
understand that kind of loneliness, it is, per- 
haps, no more real than many other types less 


easily recognized but just as real. 

Loneliness, in essence, is that emotional 
vacuum chat comes when we are excluded 
from the group, or from those with whom we 
like to spend time. This separation, whether 
self-imposed or otherwise, always produces a 
feeling of desolation. 

It is just as real whatever the cause— 
whether it be occupational, physiological, 
psychological, emotional, or spiritual. 

People respond to loneliness in many ways. 
The current emphasis on recreational facilities 
in America is but a meager effort on the part 
of our society to cope with this growing need. 
Hidden away in the faceless crowd are scores 
of individuals who are desperately trying to 
fill the emptiness of their lives in the mass 
hilarity so much a part of the Disney-World 
spirit so prevalent today. 

In reality, the loneliness of man is his in- 
herent hunger for a relationship with Deity 
that was his before sin separated him from his 
God. It has always been our Heavenly 
Father's intention and plan for man to have 
fellowship with God. The gospel message to- 

day is God's invitation for man to come out 
of hiding, rip off the facade of self- 
righteousness, and admit his need of mercy. 

This very message in all its simplicity pre- 
sents us with the greatest challenge of all. In 
the Garden of Eden, it was the Father himself 
who visited Adam and extended to him the 
invitation. Today this all-important responsi- 
bility has been entrusted to those who already 
have been clothed in the righteousness of 

We need more and more Bible preaching 
centers— spiritual dispensaries, if you please— 
from which the message of hope can go out to 
those who are walking blindly about in loneli- 
ness and despair. 

What will be our response to the cry from 
the city and the plea from the towns across 
America? The response to such a cry is not a 
task for just one person, or even an organiza- 
tion. It is a work which calls for the united 
efforts of every Brethren church. But like all 
united efforts, it must begin with personal 
commitments on the part of individuals. Your 
decision will make the difference! 

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Pastors ?? 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

What are we going to do with so many pas- 
tors? My inquisitor was knowledgeable. He 
knew the number of vacant pulpits and was 
aware of the greater number of available men. 

On the other side of the question comes a 
query from an available man: "Why am I not 
being called to a Brethren pastorate? I am a 
graduate of Grace Schools, I have served in a 
Brethren pastorate, and I am desperate to find 
support for my family." 

There is still a third side to this question. 
There are churches that are without pastors 
and find it extremely difficult to secure a man 
of their choosing. This may be the result of 
their standards, the nature of their work and 
location, or it may be a lack of knowledge of 
the available men. 

Our Fellowship has set up a committee to 
help. Rev. Thomas Hammers is the chairman 
of the committee of Pastorless Churches and 
Available Men. A written list of the vacant 
churches or available men is always available 
from him. Along with Mr. Hammers, the 
moderators of the various districts are always 
apprised of the available men. The secretaries 
of the various district ministeriums could also 



What does a qualified man do if he does not get a call? 

answer any inquiries on these needs in 
their areas. 

Our Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches is congregational in form. 
This means that the local congre- 
gations are sovereign and can make 
their own decisions unless they are 
under contract to a mission board, 
then it will be a mutual decision. For 
this reason, most knowledgeable 
parties are reluctant to suggest or give 
aid unless they are asked. Humanly, 
and spiritually, we all ought to accept 
more responsibility to pray for 
churches needing pastors, and for men 
who need pastorates. 

There are some basic facts that 
need to be understood that underlie 
this common problem in our Fellow- 
ship. In our strong view of the sover- 
eignty of God we rely upon the Holy 
Spirit to lead local churches and to 
lead men. Our Lord Jesus gave us some 
strong exhortation on this matter, 
"Pray ye therefore the Lord of the 
harvest, that he will send forth labour- 
ers into his harvest" (Matt. 9:38). If 
God wants a given man in a specific 
field, He'll extend the call through one 
of the varied means that He has at His 
disposal. Let us not forget that He uses 
people to convey messages. 

Second, the nature of the churches 
vary. Some want a more highly edu- 
cated ministry. Others will want an 
aggressive evangelistic ministry along 
with the proper training. Still others 
may want more experience and a 
record of success as qualifications. 
Churches vary in their likes as much as 
men differ in their qualifications. 
Generally speaking, more and more of 
our Brethren churches are asking for a 
fully trained minister. 

The complexity of problems facing 
today's church has led many to de- 
mand experience. The problems of 
counseling, administrating, disciple- 

ship, and missionary outreach are 
enormous. People are taking much 
more seriously today, the church, the 
pastor, and the overall ministry to 
which they will commit the spiritual 
welfare of their eternal souls. 

This leads pastoral committees to 
scrutinize very carefully the qualifica- 
tions of available men. Their abilities 
to teach and preach the Word, stand- 
ards on doctrine and practice, business 
acumen, energy and aggressiveness are 
usually top priorities. Their loyalty to 
the Brethren Church, its message, and 

its missionaries are also strong con- 
siderations. More and more psycho- 
logical factors influence their thinking: 
"Will this man be a loving pastor to 
our people? Will he be compatible 
with our leaders and people? Will he 
lead our congregation to new spiritual 
heights, numerical and financial 

This brings up a serious question. 
What does a qualified man do if he 
does not get a call? We all need to pray 
for him, for God's leadership in his life 
and ministry. Cannot the Holy Spirit 
lead modern men as He did in the 
Book of Acts? Can there be a Mace- 
donian call to some needy area of the 
USA or elsewhere where a church can 
be established? We must see a faith 
break through in church pioneering in 
the Brethren Church. There are vast 
areas of this nation that do not have 
one Brethren testimony. 

Pastor, you may have to step out 
on faith, seek God's leading as to the 
locality, support yourself for a time, 
and begin a new testimony for God. 
District mission boards, local churches, 
and The Brethren Home Missions 
Council are ready to assist when a 
group is determined to build a church. 

Leroy Munholland and his family 
have served at Denver, Colorado. They 
were one of the first pioneering fami- 
lies to assist in the starting of the 
Colorado Springs work. Now they are 
living in Kansas City and have started 
another Brethren testimony for God— 
a beautiful example of pioneering 
faith, a love for people, and a desire to 
see more Brethren churches. 

There are conservatively speaking 
25 men who are available for pastor- 
ates. More in training. The harvest 
field is waiting, the Lord Jesus is build- 
ing His Church. Let's pray for a new 
pioneer faith in home mission church 

JANUARY 15, 1977 

through an Open Door 

Pastor Lee Dice 

We, at Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, have 
a new appreciation of the picturesque 
exactness in God's choice of words. 
God, in Revelation 3:8 graphically de- 
scribes opportunities He gives His 
people as He said: "I have set before 
thee an open door." The Holy Spirit 
led Paul to ask believers to pray for 
him in Colossians 4:3 when he said: 
"Praying also for us, that God would 
open unto us a door of utterance." 
Those words also characterize with ex- 
actness the request and the concern in 
the Northern Atlantic District. 

It started in 1971. Rev. Kenneth 
Wilt presented the following bit of 
news to that district mission board: 
"A group of believers have approached 
me about pioneering a new work for 
the Lord in the Dillsburg area." Board 
members listened, prayed, made the 
prayer burden known to many more 
faithful prayer warriors, and subse- 
quently voted to support in every way 
possible what the Lord seemed to be 

The door indeed proved to be 
opened by the Lord. From a Bible 
study in a home, followed by faithful 
teaching and preaching of God's Word 
to a determined group meeting in the 
Dillsburg Fire Hall, until they had 
their own building— Revelation 3:8 
proved to be a reality. 

There were many steps of faith in 
approaching and crossing that thresh- 
old. Like the day the deed was signed 
on four acres of rocky Pennsylvania 
land. Or when a few men of faith 
signed an agreement with Brethren 
Home Missions. Or when the local 
group voted to okay building plans 
submitted by the Brethren Architec- 
tural Service. When the organ and 
other furniture were ordered before 
really needed. And when the names 
went on the dotted line for the loan 
from the Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion. When the obligations for the first 
full-time pastor were assumed in July 
of 1975. The dedication date was set 
(would the building be finished in 

time?). And countless other decisions 
made that called for faith (like calling 
Evangelist Carlo Pietropaulo for 
special meetings with only a small con- 
gregation and in the building only five 
months). As always though the Lord 
proved the fact that He had opened 
the way for a grand opportunity for 
sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to 
persons living around Dillsburg. 

But wait! Let me (Pastor Lee Dice, 
first full-time pastor) now explain 
what happened that is so well said by 
Paul, "For a great door and effectual is 
opened unto me" (I Cor. 16:9). Evan- 
gelist Carlo Pietropaulo of Altoona, 
Pennsylvania, came with his associate, 
Rev. Paul Wallace, in January of 1976 
to teach this young and small church 
how to evangelize their area. He 
helped us map out our area (6-mile 
radius from the church, a block of 
over 10,000 homes). We zoned and 
sectioned it, then made smaller maps 
that could be carried by door- 
knocking teams. The gospel literature 
had been prepared and stuffed into 
over 5,000 appropriate packets giving 
details of our church and our program. 

With challenge and training over 40 
persons, morning, afternoon and eve- 
ning, braved the cold (sometimes near 
zero weather) to blanket the small 
boroughs and all the homes on the 
country mountain roads around the 
church. With cold hands and feet yet 
with a warm smile of friendly invita- 
tion and an inquiry to see if there were 
prospects or not, they prayed to dis- 
cern if there was a genuine interest in 
hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
And after a tired but happy ten days, 
we had contacted 6,800 homes en- 
circling the church. Over 500 names 
and addresses went into the growing 
prospect file. Four days of evangelistic 
meetings followed. Then much more 
prayer, more follow through, and 
more counseling. The load seemed 
overwhelming at times. Visitors came 
in a steady stream to our services and 
continue to this day. We have seen 
victories in many lives and homes and 
are sure of many more that are unseen 
as a small yet faithful core of people 
continue to lovingly share the Gospel 
week by week. 

Paul said further in I Corinthians 


16:9, "For a great door ... is opened 
. . . and there are many adversaries." 
There have been powerful attempts by 
Satan to stop the ever-increasing ex- 
panding program of evangelism and 
education which we believe the Lord 
wants for His growing church here in 
Dillsburg. God has sustained us each 
time and has encouraged us to keep on 
keeping on. During this first year (we 
have tabulated December 1 to Decem- 
ber 1) the Lord has given us oppor- 
tunities to see at least 67 pray private- 
ly to receive Christ, 58 public deci- 
sions in our church services, some 40 
of these first-time decisions have re- 
lated to our work. There have been a 
total of 23 baptisms and a total of 24 
have joined the membership. 

We share these statistics to say, 
"Praise the Lord. " We share them also 
to give thanks to concerned and faith- 
ful Brethren across America and en- 
courage them to keep on keeping on 
until we all stand in joy before our 
coming Christ. There has been from 
the Lord a beautiful concern and a 
steady supply of our needs through 
our Brethren in the Northern Atlantic 
District, from other churches and 
groups (like WMC and SMM) with 
special gifts and so forth. There has 
been a buttressing of our efforts by 
the wise counsel, careful direction, and 
financial and other needed valuable 
assistance by the staff team and the 
Board there at Brethren Home Mis- 

So as we step by faith on the 
ground called self-support we thank 
you all again for helping us as we gaze 
through the door of opportunity open 
so wide by the Lord's power. Thanks 
for encouraging us in so many ways as 
we took those steps of faith. Without 
you we could not have done it. Yet we 
still need your prayer support. Please 
continue to pray for us as we come 
across your minds. 

As we go self-supporting January 1, 
1977, we still identify with Paul, 
"When I came to Troas to preach 
Christ's gospel ... a door was opened 
unto me of the Lord. . . . Thanks be 
unto God, which always causeth us to 
triumph in Christ, and maketh mani- 
fest the savour of his knowledge by us 
in every place" (II Cor. 2:12, 14). We 
at Dillsburg have similar opportunities. 
We have confidence of triumph in 
Christ and now we step through the 
wide-open door of opportunity. 

-rmsi nw 'D 'ro 1 ? in 

An Eventful Day at 

Brethren Messianic Testimony 

Mrs. Doyle Miller 

Phil Cariaga and Isobel Fraser (standing, far right) with a Bible class 


Doyle and Jaynie Miller 

Things were going quite well until 
phone call brought bad news. It was 
bout a Jewess we had met only once 
t Thursday evening Bible study. She 
iad heard the Gospel and was aware 
if the need for a personal relationship 
vith God through His Son. But she 
iad severe problems and we were 
iraying much for her. 

Now the voice on the phone said 
he had taken her own life. One soul, 
me life— gone! 

Tears came to my eyes as I knelt 
o pray. She claimed to be a believer, 
>ut was she? Only eternity will tell. 

Her husband, an agnostic, had just 
eft her. The job now— follow up on 
>ur witness to him and pray for his 

So many people and so many prob- 
ems. "Oh, dear Lord, help them to see 
he answer is in Jesus Christ. Use us, 
= ather, to reach these precious souls." 

Soon school was out and in came 
>ur youngest son, happy and full of 
ixcitement about school. After 
:ookies and milk and a time for some 
:h it-chat with Mom, he was off to 
)lay with his Jewish friends. Oh to be 
:hat young again with no big concerns, 
fo have parents who love him and 
: riends to play with. Most of all, to be 
: ortunate enough to have Jesus. 
'Thank you, Lord, for children." 

It was back to office work and 
squeezing in the laundry. 

The time arrived for son number 
two to be home. Sure enough, in he 
;ame. His pale face and troubled look 

were signs something was wrong. He 
needed to talk! 

A teacher had embarrassed him in 
front of the whole ninth grade. Today 
was the day he gave a note to the 
"phys ed" teacher asking to be ex- 
cused from class for the next six 
weeks. They would be teaching 
dancing and he wasn't allowed. 

Of course the teacher had all 
kinds of choice words. Never in all 
her experience had she come across 
anything like this. She berated him in 
front of his friends. 

It's a problem! What are Chris- 
tian parents to do? Forget our con- 
victions and say, "Oh, go ahead! 
It's only for six weeks." Or do we 
stick by our convictions? 

"What are we to do. Lord?" At this 
age, life is tough. But he had to begin 
growing spiritually. We prayed about 
it and asked God for guidance. 

This very day we witnessed growth 
in our teenage son. He was faced with 
a real test, but he understood our 
convictions and agreed to trust God to 
work it out. 

Later in the afternoon, in came 
"the chief." I hesitantly asked, "How 
was your day?" 

His reply— "I'll tell you only if you 
promise to believe me." 

This was the day he met Walter 
Schwartz to witness on the univer- 
sity campus at Irvine. They reached 
the parking lot only to find it filled 
to capacity. After circling six times 
and feeling a bit like vultures, they 

charged into an open space. 

A commotion erupted at the 
opposite end of the hall from where 
they had set up their tract table. It 
was a preacher waxing eloquent on 
John 3:16. Shortly a policeman 
arrived and the man packed up and 

It seemed, however, that the 
policeman's work was not yet finished. 
He had one more stop to make— the 
table my husband and Walter manned. 

He asked to see a permit which 
they did not have. In fashion similar 
to the eloquent preacher's, they 
packed up and left. 

Lord, maybe it was just a way for 
them to become aware of proper 
channels. Surely they could get a 

As Doyle drove onto the freeway 
heading toward Los Angeles, he waved 
good-bye to Walter. 

A few miles later, Doyle was 
startled to see a flashing red light in 
his rear-view mirror, and a police- 
man motioning him to pull over. 
What for? He was doing a steady 55. 

The officer said he clocked Doyle 
at 70! 

Impossible! That would mean a 
$25 fine and a court appearance. 

(Later we had the speedometer 
checked and learned it was inac- 

As Doyle approached home, he 
looked forward to seeing a new door 
on his office. He arrived only , to 
discover the carpenter had cancelled 
and couldn't come until the following 
day. What could I say? 

As I write this, it is midnight. Has 
it been a good day? Indeed! We praise 
God that He knows the beginning and 
the end and never makes a mistake. 

"Thank you, Lord, for . . . 

". . . bringing Doyle home safely 
and, yes, for the ticket. It may have 
saved a life. 

". . . the opportunity to witness to 
some Jews before having to leave 

". . . real growth in our son's life. 
May he be a real testimony to many of 
his classmates who are on drugs. 

"It's been a long day. Help us, 
Lord, to be ready for the new chil- 
dren's work starting tomorrow and the 
Bible study tomorrow night. 

"And a special thank you, Lord, for 
the good news we just received. After 
many prayers, we can spend Christmas 
with our son in Ohio." 

JANUARY 15, 1977 


News Summary 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association WB* 

•To reach a goal is great, but to surpass a goal is great- 
er ... so the congregation at the Grace Brethren Church 
in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, says with praise to the Lord for 
causing them to see a need and then to desire to meet 
that need. The goal was $2,000 and the total given was 

•Austin, Texas (EP)— Madalyn Murray O'Hair, self- 
styled "Madonna Madalyn" of the American Atheist 
Church, has announced that Thursday is to be the sab- 
bath day of American atheists. 

Ms. O'Hair declared that atheists should demand of 
their employers that work schedules be arranged so they 
can celebrate the sabbath on Thursdays. 

•Kristen Coleen joined the Michael Rockafellow family 
on Nov. 27, 1976. The two little Rockafellow brothers 
think a sister may be something very special even though 
she can't play ball with them yet. The Rockafellows 
have recently moved to the Warsaw area where Pastor 
Rockafellow is busy becoming acquainted with the con- 
gregation at the Warsaw Community Brethren Church, 
Warsaw, Ind. 

•Harrisburg, Pa. (EP)— If a job interferes with going to 
church on Sunday-and you live in Pennsylvania— you 
can resign and collect unemployment compensation 

That was the ruling of the State Unemployment Com- 
pensation Board of Review which reversed an earlier 
referee's decision denying benefits to Florence Miller of 
Philadelphia, who quit an $8,000-a-year job as counselor 
at the Sickle Cell Education and Screening Clinic, Phila- 
delphia, because she was unwilling to work on Sundays 
since it would interfere with her attendance at church. 

According to records in the case there was no men- 
tion of Sunday work when she was first employed, and 
when Sunday assignments were given to her she resigned 
and applied for jobless pay. 

•La Mirada, Calif. (EP)-Dr. Richard McNeely, a Bible 
Professor at Biola College here, won the top prize of 
$50,000 on the TV show "50 Grand Slam" for an- 
swering tough questions concerning the Scriptures. 

One of the questions was, "According to Joshua 
18:1, what city became the center of worship for the 
children of Israel?" Answer: "Shiloh." 

The professor thus demonstrated to his students 
vividly that knowledge of the Bible pays off in a variety 
of ways. (Editor's note: For many years Richard Mc- 
Neely and his parents were faithful members of the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach, and in later years 
McNeely was on the staff of the First Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif.) 

•Could you be the answer?? Someone capable of devel- 
oping a musical ministry at the Kenai, Alaska, church is 
desperately needed. In the spring there will be a new 
church building, more people, a radio broadcast, a choir, 
a Christian school system ... a real need ... a field of 
service . . . for you?? If your answer is yes, contact Pas- 
tor Edward Jackson, P. O. Drawer 3920, Kenai, Alaska 


A six-month's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald is given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

Judith Thomas and Steve Dicarlo, Sept. 4, 1976. Everett 
Grace Brethren Church, Everett, Pa. 

In Memory. 

55 in this COlL 

iting by the pastor 

HEARN, Maurice, Oct. 4, 1976. A faithful member of 
First Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa., since 1924 and 
a deacon for 46 years. Roger Wambold, pastor. 
RITCHEY, Marti, 21, Aug. 25, 1976, faithful member of 
the Everett Grace Brethren Church, Everett, Pa. Homer 
Lingenfelter, pastor. 

• Rome (EP)— The major parties of the Italian parliament 
have agreed to eliminate Roman Catholicism as the state 
religion, make religious instruction voluntary, and allow 
defrocked priests to hold state posts. 

The 412-31 vote, according to the Associated Press, 
came on a motion by the Christian Democrats to con- 
tinue negotiating with the Vatican on revising the 1929 
concordat signed by dictator Benito Mussolini and the 

• Do your friends and relatives in or near Grove City, 
Ohio, a favor! A challenging opportunity awaits you to 
inform them about the services of a newly formed con- 
gregation. Rev. Quentin Matthes has been called as pas- 
tor and the group meets on Sundays at 25 Civic Dr., 
Civic Center, Grove City (which is near Columbus, 
Ohio). For further details write Pastor Matthes, 465-304 
Broadmeadows Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43214. 

• Annual Corrections . . . The telephone number of the 
Warsaw, Ind., church is 269-2443 . . . North Buffalo 
Brethren Church (Kittanning, Pa.) area code for the tele- 
phone is 412 . . . Russell Williams, 6213 Green Eyes Wy., 
Orangevale, Calif. 95662 (Tel. 916/988-5874) . . . George 
Ritchey, P. O. Box 144, Ryegate, Mont. 59074 . . . C. S. 
Zimmerman, 6945 W. Coronado Rd., Phoenix, Ariz. 



Randy Bowman making a few comments at last fall's ground 
breaking for the Blacklick, Ohio church. 

• The recent moving into a new $320,000 facility caused 
hearts to overflow with praise at East Side Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Blacklick (Columbus), Ohio. It is easy to 
understand the excitement when you realize the church 
had been meeting in rented quarters for five years. 

About five years ago a few families from the Grace 
Brethren Church of Columbus met in the home of the 
John Embaugh's to establish what is now known as the 
East Side Grace Brethren Church. The small group met 
in the basement of a Seventh Day Adventist church, and 
Rev. Robert Combs served faithfully as pastor. Two and 
one-half years ago Rev. Richard Sellers accepted the call 
to serve as pastor and has been earnestly proclaiming 
God's Word. 

As the group grew it soon became evident that the 
basement was too small, and the Seventh Day Adventist 
graciously granted the use of their auditorium with a 
seating capacity of 400. 

Land was purchased early in the history of the 
church, and the liquidation of the land debt was to be 
used as an indication that it was time to build. There was 
$9,000 remaining on the debt when the congregation 
decided they should vote as to whether they should wait 
another year or begin construction. The business meet- 
ing was scheduled for a Tuesday night, but before the 
time of meeting two gifts were received— one for $8,000 
and one for $1,000 . . . God's leading was clear. 

Construction was started and is now completed with 
a facility seating 425 and attendances already over 300. 

Dedication services for the new edifice will be held on 
Jan. 30 at 3:30. Rev. David Burnhamn from the Chapel 
in University Park, Akron, Ohio, will be the speaker. 
"To God be the glory, great things He has done." (Sub- 
mitted by Randy Bowman, assoc. pastor.) 

The crowd at the Blacklick, Ohio ground breaking 


There is available a lovely, completely furnished, 
two bedroom apartment in the center of Waikiki 
from December 1, 1976, to July 15, 1977, to 
those folks who are willing to make a gift to the 
building fund of the Waimalu Grace Brethren 
Church. They have purchased property, will you 
help them build? 

Write immediately for your choice of dates (give 

1st and 2nd choices) and additional information. 

Contact: Mrs. C. L. Coffman 

98-404 Ponohale St. 

Aiea, Hawaii 96701 

(Telephone: 808/488-6006) 

•The oldest church of the now existing Grace Brethren 
Churches in California recently celebrated their diamond 
anniversary. For 75 years God's Word has been faithfully 
proclaimed from the pulpit, and God's people have con- 
tinued to be living examples of the love of God in the 
town of La Verne, Calif. 

The 75th anniversary celebration began in the morn- 
ing worship service with former pastor Rev. Forest 
Lance as speaker. An afternoon service following a fel- 
lowship dinner included responses from former pastors, 
friends of the past, and a challenge by Rev. Richard 
DeArmey, pastor of Grace Brethren Church, Orange, 
Calif. Rev. Donald Carter is the interim pastor of the 
church at present. 

• Brethren pastors whose churches are 100% in their 
1977 group subscription list for the Herald magazine 
will receive a copy of the new Ryrie Study Bible. This 
complimentary book will be a valuable addition to any 
pastor's library. 


in the TBrethren 

Missionary Herald: 

35 Years Ago-1 942 

Home Missions issues a call to find the names and ad- 
dresses of Brethren living in Texas. Hopes are to start a 
Brethren Church. . . . The "Church on the Hill" radio 
program by Ghent Brethren Church of Roanoke, Va., 
has begun its second year of broadcasting. . . . 


•The attendance goal at Aiken, S.C., was 76 people be- 
fore the end of 1976, and the goal was surpassed with 92 
in a worship service and 87 in Sunday School. 

Years Ago-1962 

The Canon Brethren Church of Taos, N. Mex., has com- 
pleted rebuilding after their fire of last fall. . . . Brethren 
Boards launch a new financial service; the representatives 
are Rev. and Mrs. Leo Polman. . . . Kenneth Koontz has 
accepted a call to the Leesburg Brethren Church, Lees- 
burg, Indiana. 

J Years Ago-1972 

District Rally for Nor-Cal in Sacramento featured Rev. 
and Mrs. Don Hocking. ... Dr. Vance Yoder, assistant 
professor of music at Grace College, has been named as 

JANUARY 15. 1977 

The last Sunday of this month (Jan. 30) "Day of 
Discovery" television program will feature an inter- 
view with Dr. Henry Morris and with Dr. John Whit- 
comb, of the Grace Seminary faculty. The topic will 
be "Genesis and Evolution," with questions asked by 
Paul VanGorder and Al Sanders. The program will be 
seen throughout the USA, Canada and Australia. 

Galen P. Smith has been employed as part-time 
instructor in the business department of Grace Col- 
lege for the spring semester. A graduate of Washburn 
University and Fort Hays Kansas State College, Smith 
was chairman of the business department at Sterling 
College for seven years. He is currently enrolled at 
Grace Theological Seminary. 

The fourth annual "Sustaining Sponsors Break- 
fast" was held on the Grace campus late in Novem- 
ber, with an attendance of more than 50 guests and 

friends from the Winona Lake-Warsaw community. 
The event served to increase interest in community 
efforts to raise $250,000 toward the science center 
now under construction on the campus. Total 
amount yet to be raised for the $950,000 building is 
just under $500,000. 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., president of Grace 
Schools, recently attended a meeting at which a 
Christian College Coalition composed of 37 evangeli- 
cal colleges was formed. Its purposes include monitor- 
ing of public opinion and judicial and legislative 
action on matters which affect the freedoms of the 
Christian college to function effectively, the develop- 
ment of unified positions on critical issues for presen- 
tation to governmental and other public policy insti- 
tutions, and the development of well-researched posi- 
tions on potential erosions of religious and educa- 
tional freedom in the Christian college movement. 

The Grace College 
Lancers turned back an 
aggressive Anderson 
(Ind.) team 66-64 to 
capture the champion- 
ship of the 18th Turkey 
Tourney this past 
Thanksgiving. In the 
consolation game, Biola 
of California defeated 
Manchester (Ind.) to 
take third place. Other 
colleges participating in- 
cluded Bethel (Ind.), 
Cedarville (Ohio), Bryan 
(Tenn.),and Geneva (Pa). 


Grace's 6-8 Matt Tomsheck was named Most Valu- 
able Player at the conclusion of this year's Turkey 
Classic. The Lancers' Doug Noll was named to the 
all-tourney team for his performance in making the 
most points, the most field goals and the most free 

The alumni fund campaign this year during the last 
several months of the year sought to increase alumni 
participation from 21 percent to 50 percent and to 
increase the total dollar amount of alumni giving 
from $75,000 to $150,000. Although statistics are 
still being compiled, alumni coordinator Gerald 
Twombly reports being "well-pleased" at partici- 
pation this year. A "phonathon" was organized to 
contact all Indiana alumni by telephone. A number of 
alumni and student callers participated with calls be- 
ing made a number of evenings from the alumni 

Director of admissions for the college, Ron Henry, 
reports that at the end of November the college had 
received over 1,200 inquiries for information about 
the college. This compares to about 600 requests the 
previous year. Some 120 individuals attended and 
participated in College-for-a-Day events on November 
20. Over 40 applications were distributed to those 
who asked for them that day, according to Henry. 

Some 10 college courses were being planned for 
the January 3-15 winterim this year, subject to suf- 
ficient enrollment. They included Police and Ameri- 
can Society, Practicum in Christian School Teaching, 
Astronomy, Travels in American History, Business 
Law, and Business Internship. 


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The^Return of the 
Grace Ambassadors" 

Terry White 

In years past, there have been several gospel 
teams and musical groups go out from Grace 
Schools to minister under the title "Grace 
Ambassadors." Today there is a group using 
the same name and serving the Lord with the 
same fervor, although with a slightly different 

The present-day ambassadors are a volun- 
tary, highly motivated group of college and 
seminary students actively promoting interest 
in Brethren Foreign Missions, particularly in 
the fields of France and other European coun- 

Some 40-45 young people meet regularly in 
the Winona Lake (Ind.) area to achieve goals, 
promote interest, and to have a sharing minis- 
try to support missionaries currently on the 
field. To be a regular member of the group, an 
individual or couple must have submitted a 
pre-application to the Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society for future service in Europe. 

Some of the members of the group have 

already been on the field and know the situa 
tion and culture there well. These includf 
some of the organizers of the group— Mr. anc 
Mrs. Wayne Hannah and Mr. and Mrs. Ken 
Good. Becky and Terry Julien, children o 
missionary Tom Julien, also have firsthand in 
sights into the special needs of the Brethrer 
work in France. 

Others who attend the meetings are thosf 
still seeking for the Lord's leading. Elliot 
("Tex") and Betsy Hudson, for example, at 
tended one of the recent gatherings. Tex wil 
be graduating from Grace Seminary this sprinc 
and, although not yet fully decided, is con 
sidering possible service in France. 

"The meeting was excellent for us," say; 
Hudson, pointing out that the special guest; 
that evening were Christian and Marcel k 
Chiron, Grace Seminary students from Fon 
tainebleau, France. 

"I sat down with Christian and asked hirr 
how I, as a missionary, could get to know hirr 



and have opportunity to witness if we were 
living in France," Hudson said. "It provided 
an excellent glimpse into the 'real world' of 
the French people." 

Other organizers of the group who have 
been in France or who have had a long- 
standing interest in missions in Europe in- 
clude Mr. and Mrs. David Griffith, Mr. and 
Mrs. David Hobert, and Bruce Robbins. 

The "Ambassadors" have made a direct 
financial commitment to France, as well, and 
have pledged to give individual gifts in regular 
amounts for projects on the field. They also 
have covenanted to provide the missionaries 
with packages from time to time containing 
hard-to-get items or thoughtful articles of a 
personal nature. 

Meeting regularly, the group enjoys fellow- 
ship gatherings, buffet-type meals, meetings 
with missionaries or nationals who may be in 
the Winona Lake area, and the sharing of a 
prayer ministry through a continually up- 
dated prayer list. 

Correspondence with missionaries currently 
on the field is a significant part cf the group's 
ministry, as well. Each month each couple or 
individual is responsible for writing to at least 
one missionary family, and one person is re- 
sponsible for sending birthday cards signed by 
the entire group. Occasional packages are 
sent, as well. 

Further, the "Ambassadors" are available 
to supply special programs on missions in 
churches wherever their services might be de- 
sired or needed. 

Wayne Hannah, one of the organizers of 

the group, feels that the "Ambassadors" 
group at Grace might provide a prototype for 
similar activities in local churches. He is espe- 
cially excited about the possibilities for get- 
ting more Brethren men interested in mis- 
sions, and he sees groups like this comple- 
menting the fine work of the WMC in the 
Brethren Church. 

Raymond Thompson, administrative assist- 
ant for the Brethren Foreign Missionary 
Society, is equally enthusiastic about the idea 
and its possibility in other places. "When we 
see this kind of support coming voluntarily, 
we are very excited," he says. 

Dr. Wayne Beaver, chairman of the depart- 
ment of missions and evangelism at Grace 
Seminary and advisor to missions groups in 
both Grace Seminary and Grace College, also 
describes the concept as "exciting." 

Pointing out that interest in missions is 
alive and well on the Grace campus. Prof. 
Beaver notes that there are similar groups 
meeting regularly on campus to promote in- 
terest in other fields of the Brethren Church. 

There is a group meeting to support mis- 
sions in Argentina, for example, and several 
groups concerned with Africa. Another group 
meets each Tuesday evening in the college 
library, calling itself Foreign Missions Fellow- 
ship. It is comprised of 13 young people who 
have served as short-term missionaries this 
past summer. In meetings they share prayer 
requests and experiences, along with slides 
and films which depict the activities and 
needs of the various fields. College senior 
James Appleby is the "sparkplug" behind the 
FMF, according to Beaver. 

"The spontaneity of these groups is what is 
exciting," says Beaver. He also feels that the 
new graduate program in missions in the semi- 
nary will have a great impact on raising the 
visibility and interest in missions at Grace 
Schools. "Requests for more information on 
this program are beginning to pour in," he 
notes enthusiastically. 

Interest in missions is alive and well on the 
Grace campus as the "Ambassadors" and 
groups like them do their part to support the 
foreign missions aspect of the Great Commis- 

JANUARY 15, 1977 

Dr. Nicholas Kurtaneck 

Rev. G. Michael Cocoris 

Dr. J. Herbert Kane 

The annual Grace Bible Conference 
will be held on the campus of Grace 
Schools in Winona Lake, Indiana, this 
year Tuesday through Friday, Febru- 
ary 8-11, 1977. Special speakers for 
the week include Dr. Nicholas Kur- 
taneck, Rev. G. Michael Cocoris, and 
Dr. J. Herbert Kane. 

Sessions will be held each day at 
8:00 a.m., 9:30 and 10:00 a.m., and at 
1 1 :00 a.m. Afternoons will be devoted 
to seminars and panels on such topics 
as "Missions and the Local Church," 
"Evangelism and the Local Church," 
and "Theological Trends and the Local 

Special events coordinating with 
the conference will be an alumni 
breakfast at Grace Village on Thursday 

diploma in Bible from Greensburg 
Bible Institute, the B.A. degree from 
Grace College, and the Th.B., B.D., 
Th.M., and Th.D. degrees from Grace 
Theological Seminary. He has served as 
pastor, interim pastor, and student 
pastor in a number of churches and is 
currently in his sixth year as pastor- 
teacher at the Norwalk (California) 
Brethren Church. 

Dr. J. Herbert Kane is professor of 
missions in the school of world mis- 
sion and evangelism at Trinity Evan- 
gelical Divinity School in Illinois. He 
will be the alumni lecturer each morn- 
ing at 9:30 a.m. in the Winona Lake 
Brethren Church. 

A graduate of Moody Bible Insti- 
tute, Dr. Kane received the B.A. and 


morning, a question and answer ses- 
sion on Friday, free admission of con- 
ference guests to the Grace vs. Indiana 
Tech basketball game on Monday 
night, and an alumni banquet Tuesday 
night at the Winona Lake Hotel with 
Dr. Kane speaking. 

Dr. Nicholas Kurtaneck, who will 
deliver the Bauman Memorial Lectures 
on the general topic of "Dispensation- 
alism— Builder of Faith," is current- 
ly in his 18th year as professor of 
Bible at Biola College in LaMirada, 
California. He is also an adjunct pro- 
fessor at the Western Graduate School 
of Theology in Long Beach, and 
teaches Sunday School in his local 
church and has served as a faculty 
member for the Evangelical Training 
Institute for teachers and laymen. 

A native of Greensburg, Pennsyl- 
vania, Dr. Kurtaneck was saved in 
1950 while a member of the Greek 
Orthodox Church. He earned a 

L.H.D. degrees from Barrington Col- 
lege in Rhode Island and the M.A. de- 
gree from Brown University in Provi- 
dence, Rhode Island. 

From 1935 to 1950 Dr. Kane 
served in China under the China Inland 
Mission (now the Overseas Missionary 
Fellowship). During this 15-year 
period his work consisted largely of 
Bible teaching and administrative work 
in one of the largest mission stations. 
After 18 months under the communist 
regime, he left China in the general 
evacuation of 1950. 

From 1951-1963 Dr. Kane taught 
New Testament and Missions at Bar- 
rington College. From 1963-1967 he 
was Director of Missions at Lancaster 
Bible College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 
He has been with Trinity since 1967. 

A prolific author and frequent con- 
tributor to Christian periodicals, Dr. 
Kane has written Twofold Growth, an 
account of the development of the 


Chinese church in Central China; and 
Faith Mighty Faith, a handbook of the 
Interdenominational Foreign Mission 

A Global View of Christian Mis- 
sions was published by Baker Book 
House in 1971 and revised in 1975. 
Moody Press published Winds of 
Change in the Christian Mission in 

1973, and Understanding Christian 
Missions was published by Baker in 

1974. During the next year Baker also 
published The Making of a Missionary, 
as well as his latest book, Christian 

Missions in Biblical Perspective. 

Rev. Mike Cocoris, who will deliver 
the Miller Lectures each day at 11:00 
a.m., is vice president of EvanTell, 
Inc., an evangelistic organization based 
in Dallas, Texas. He has been in a min- 
istry of evangelism since 1966, and has 
traveled throughout the country 
speaking to churches, in crusades, and 
on campuses. 

Born in Pensacola, Florida, the son 
of a Greek immigrant, Cocoris received 
his training at Tennessee Temple Col- 
lege in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and he 

holds the Th.M. from Dallas Theologi- 
cal Seminary. He is also the visiting in- 
structor of evangelism every fall for 
five weeks at Dallas. Cocoris feels that 
"my job is to explain the Bible to 
people and to show them how it has 
the answers to life's deepest needs." 

All those interested in registering 
for the conference or in obtaining 
more information about it are encour- 
aged to write to Alumni Coordinator 
Gerald Twombly or to Chaplain Lee 
Jenkins at Grace Schools, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Living Memorials 

The next time you desire to honor the memory of a departed loved one or 
friend, send a Living Memorial gift to Grace College and Seminary, designat- 
ing the gift for the purpose for which you want it to be used. In turn, the life 
of the departed one will be perpetuated through the lives of our students. The 
bereaved will be notified of your memorial with an appropriate card, without 
revealing the amount. 

Following are those who were honored during November 1976: 

In Memory of : 

Helen M. Roy 
Dr. Llovd Fish 

Michael Benjamin Harming 
Maurice Hearn 
Marvin Dale Meeker 

Given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. Warren F. Koestner 
Mr. and Mrs. Harris G. Kroes 
Mr. and Mrs. William T. Kellerman 
Rev. and Mrs. William A. Byers 
Mr. and Mrs. Custer Hall 
Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 
Mrs. Jennie E. Meeker 
Mi. and Mrs. Arthur Backfisch 
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Winemiller 
Mr. and Mrs. William G. Starrett 
Bob and Ruth Hergenrather 
Bob and Wilma Paxton 
Don and Joanne Mullenix 
Darrell and Dee Ann Dutter 
Raymond and Virginia Hall 
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Koestner 
Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 

JANUARY 15, 1977 

BMH Newest News 

Mrs. Raymond Kettell was called home by the Lord on 
Dec. 28. She and her husband, Rev. Raymond Kettell, 
were residents of Grace Village at Winona Lake, Ind . 

Mark your calendar — the 1977 conference of the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches will be held 
Aug. 12-19 at Winona Lake, Ind. The Christian Edu- 
cation Convention will convene Aug. 12 and 13. 

Gordon Dockstader has resigned as pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Anaheim, Calif. Retired missionary 
Keith Altig is serving as interim pastor. 

Rev. Max Brenneman, founder-pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Bible Church in Puerto Rico, has not been 
able to minister recently due to a major health 
problem. Rev. and Mrs. Brenneman will appreciate 
your prayer interest. 

Dr. Harold Etling, 71, Director Emeritus of the Christian Education Dept. of the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, passed away on January 3. (Details later.) 

Rev. Douglas Witt has accepted the call to pastor the Aleppo Brethren Church, 
Aleppo, Pa. 

It was 25 years ago that the Leamersville Grace Brethren Church, (Duncansville, 
Pa.) sent out their "missionary pastor," Homer Lingenfelter , to begin a church at 
Everett, Pa. With a Sunday School organized with approximately 10 pupils, a thrivi 
church has been sending out the light for 25 years. Congratulations to Pastor Ling 
felter and congregation! 

By unanimous vote the congregation at First Brethren Church, Rittman, Ohio, has 
approved Dave Jensen as a six-month-"missionary" to Dryhill , Ky., and money toward 
support will be a project for his home church. 

A "New Life Crusade" with Rev. Herman Hein brought 40 visitors to the Grace Brethre 
Church, Albuquerque, N. Mex . , and 10 decisions were made. According to Pastor Dona 
Jentes the highest attendance was 62. 

Progress on the new Science Center at Grace Schools (Winona Lake) is ahead of sched 

On a recent Sunday the total attendance for the morning worship services at Grace 
Brethren Church, Worthington (Columbus), Ohio, was 2,090. 

Remember to pray for the following special meetings: Columbus, Ohio, (East Side); 
Jan. 16-23; Herman Hein, speaker .. .Parkersburg, W.Va.; Jan. 30-Feb. 6; Herman Hein, 
speaker .. .Fort Myers, Fla.; Jan. 23-28; Becker Team. . .Johnson City, Tenn.; Feb. 6-1 
Becker Team. 

"Noah's Ark, Pitched and Parked" by Rev. Nathan M. Meyer, is currently in productio 
by the Missionary Herald's book division, BMH Books. It is an interesting account 
the search for the Ark, and is scheduled for release in March. 



Cover Photo— Roger Peugh 
photographed the group of 
youngsters attending the 
first VBS of the Brethren 
testimony at Stuttgart, 
Germany, in 1975. Robert 
Harrell tells of the '76 VBS 
in the story on page 4. 






























VBS in Stuttgart, Germany 

Hope for the Non-Christian After Death? 

Snatches from Stuttgart 

Many Years of His Goodness 

Going Forward 

BMH News Summary 

Hidden Beauty 

An Ordinary Person— 

In Search of Hidden Beauty 

Be a Bookworm 

BMH Newest News 

C.E. for Good Marriages 

This Symbol Says C.E. 

Charles W. Turner Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman Managing Editor 

Tim Kennedy Design and Layout Artist 

Fern Sandy Editorial Secretary 

Omega Sandy IBM Composer 

Foreign Missions Rev. John Zielasko 
GBC Christian Ed Rev. Knute Larson 
Grace Schools Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 

Home Missions Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

WMC Mrs. Noel Hoke 


SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued 
on the first and fifteenth of each month by the Brethren 
Missionary H6rald Co., Box 544, 1104 Kings Highway, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: $4.75 a year; 
foreign, $5.50. Special rates to churches. 



□ Thank you so much for the Sunday 
School Guide by Tom Julien. Ephe- 
sians is one of my favorite books in 
the Bible, and I have enjoyed the 
study so very much.— Indiana 

□ The recent Sunday School material 
on the Book of Ephesians is the best 
study guide you have provided for us. 
They have all been good but I think 
this one is the best.— Ohio 

Thanks so much for the kind notes 
about the study guides. They have 
been well received throughout the Fel- 
lowship. It is very difficult to provide 
materials that are ideal for everyone, 
but with the present trend toward 
reading that is now in existence this 
approach seems to be the best one. 
There is a real return these days to 
finding what the Word of God teaches. 
The study guides are meeting this 
need. They are also aimed at a bal- 
anced approach to Bible study. When 
the whole series is followed the stu- 
dent will come in contact with all of 
the Scriptures. We know there are 
many approaches to the study of the 
Scriptures and there is a variety of per- 
sonal tastes as well; therefore, we are 
glad to be able to make a great number 
of people happy with the guides. 
Watch for the new approach to Teach- 
ers Helps with the June— September 


Address your letter to the editor. Rev. 
Charles W. Turner, Brethren Missionary 
Herald, Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590. All letters must be signed, al- 
though names will not be used in the 



Reflections By Still Waters 

It Is Not the Gold - 
It Is the ©hill Factor 

Living in Indiana has many strange 
and rare delights. One such is the 
period of time called Winter. For those 
of you who have never experienced a 
cold clear morning with the sun glis- 
tening on the snow, you have missed a 
rare treat. It has a charm and beauty 
all its own. Another aspect of snow 
though can be one of those mornings 
when the sky carries a leaden look, the 
wind is blowing, and roads become all 
but impassable. Frustration becomes 
the lot of the traveler and the thought 
runs through his mind as to why he is 
putting up with such inconveniences. 

Cold, someone has told me, is mere- 
ly the absence of heat. Much like the 
statement that darkness exists because 
there is no light. I rather imagine that 
both of the statements are true and 
have no reason to doubt either. When I 
was growing up . . . cold was just plain 
cold. It all started when the tempera- 
ture went below 32 degrees and it was 
freezing. As the winter moved on 
toward its full vengeance the next 
downward mile-marker was the word 
"zero." I have experienced a few days 
when it was 26 degrees below zero. 
There were the problems of wind, but 
the temperature in degrees was the in- 
dex indicating what to look forward to 
when you went outside. 

But weathermen are very unusual 
individuals. Their predictability level is 
not to be trusted to any great extent. 
All of us have listened to these individ- 
uals and planned on the basis of the 
given guesses. Then we suffered dis- 
appointment on that picnic; or we 
were told no snow and later wondered 
what we were shoveling, because this 
certain something sure looked like 

Scientific progress has added to the 
confusion with satellite maps; proba- 
bility of rain and snow in percentages; 

and now the latest thing called chill 
factor. If you live in an area where this 
term is new, here is a brief analysis. 
Chill factor takes into consideration 
the temperature and the wind velocity. 
Example: the other day the weather- 
man said it was 13 degrees, which is 
not too great, but the wind was blow- 
ing at a good pace and the chill factor 
was 23 degrees below zero. Now it is 
bad enough to know it is 13 when you 
have just talked to a friend in Cali- 
fornia who has reminded you it is 
sunny, no smog and 78 degrees. But 
when the weatherman says the chill 
factor is some 36 points below the 
given temperature, it is downright 
demoralizing. I know there must be 
some advantage in knowing the chill 
factor but it never brightens my day. 
Just once I would like to have the chill 
factor higher than the temperature, 
but they tell me it will never happen. 
If it does, they will use it as a comfort 
index and add the humidity to the 
temperature and make me more miser- 
able in the summer. And I am already 
too warm in the summer. 

Charles W. Turner 

Isn't that just about the way life 
runs sometimes? You are not feeling 
that bad until a "friend" comes along 
and "helps" you out with some new 
information. You have a little pain 
somewhere and you tell a friend and 
he lets you in on the fact that his 
uncle had a pain which he thought was 
nothing. When his uncle visited a 
doctor last week it was worse than 
they had thought. In fact, he tells you 
the funeral for Uncle Harry will be at 
2 p.m. tomorrow. Now you really feel 
a little more pain than before the con- 
versation started. You do not know 
whether to go to work, or check with 
your attorney on the state of your 

Job was a man who I must con- 
tinually admire. When his friends 
showed up at the Desertview Hospital 
to comfort him in his illness, they 
took one look at him and did not say 
anything for seven days and seven 
nights. You call that comfort? Poor 
Job was told by his wife to curse God 
and die. You call that comfort? When 
your wife starts making suggestions of 
that nature things are pretty tough all 

Yes, words from the weatherman 
tell you things are worse than you 
think. The chill factor is bad today. 
Those friends with words to "encour- 
age" you make matters more serious 
than you even dared to think. Are 
there any words of comfort anywhere? 
Yes, there are. The words that come 
from God remind us of what He has 
done for us. They are words of encour- 
agement reminding us to keep going 
forward for Him. "Therefore, my be- 
loved brethren, be ye stedfast, un- 
moveable, always abounding in the 
work of the Lord, forasmuch as you 
know that your labour is not in vain in 
the Lord" (I Cor. 15:58). 

FEBRUARY 1, 1977 

Dr. Schneider 
teaches Bible 
lesson on Daniel 

Mrs. Schneider 
presents object 

In Stuttgart, 


Robert Harrell 

"When shall we have our Vacation 
Bible School?" 

"Shall we teach a story out of the 
Old Testament or the New?" 

"How about the life of Jesus?" 

"Or Daniel?" 

"Who's going to teach the Bible 

"Who wants to be in charge of 

"What about an object lesson?" 

"Can some of the young people 

"How are we going to feed all the 

Confronted with these and other 
questions, last winter the children's 
workers of the Biblisches Missionszen- 
trum in Stuttgart, Germany, began to 
make plans for the church's Vacation 
Bible School (here we call it a Ferien- 
woche) to be held in August. One of 
the major problems involved the lack 
of facilities for a VBS at the church. 
Although a great many other details 
had to be worked out as time went by, 
most of the chief problems were 
solved immediately: Dr. Bernard 
Schneider (member of the FMS board 
and supply missionary for Roger 
Peugh, who was on furlough) would 
teach the Bible lesson from the Book 
of Daniel; Mr. Arnold Schindler would 
donate the use of his property for the 
VBS, which meant we would be bus- 

sing the children eight miles to the 
Schindlers' "Ponderosa"— an expensive 
undertaking that also required detailed 
planning; and the date was set fo 
August 9-13, 1976. 

The spring and early summer passed 
by quickly, with much work in prepa- 
ration for VBS week. Several of the 
men in the church were able to locate 
necessary equipment, which included 
tables and chairs for eating, large gas 
stoves for cooking, and so on. Time 
was spent erecting a tent and other- 
wise preparing the property for use. 

When finally August 9 arrived and 
the children boarded the bus. they 
were armed with plenty of energy and 

"What's the Bible story about?" 

"When do we eat?" 

"Who's telling the stories?" 

"After we eat, will there be time 
for a nap?" 

All of these questions and more 
were answered as we settled into the 
routine of the week. 

Each day the VBS began at 9:30 
after a 20-minute bus ride into the 


country. First was a half-hour of en- 
thusiastic singing, led by TIME mis- 
sionary Robert Harrell. This was fol- 
lowed by the Bible story, for which we 
divided the children into three age 
groups: 10-13, 7-9, and 6 and under. 
Dr. Schneider ably taught the older 
children, and Miss Regina Pfander and 
Mrs. Gunhild Quinzio were in charge 
of the two younger groups. 

Then came the Bible verse memori- 

zation. For this we worked in groups 
of seven to ten children, and a number 
of the young people of the church 
stepped in to help with this part of the 

Next came free time for games, and 
then an object lesson. Mrs. Bernard 
Schneider brought a "chalk talk" each 
day, and the children were totally fas- 
cinated by this new (to them) method 
of presenting the truths of God's 

The "kitchen" and two of the workers— Mrs. Inge 
Wick and Mrs. Gunhild Quinzio 

After a short pause, it was time for 
lunch— the most popular time of the 
day! Mrs. Arlene Peter headed up the 
kitchen crew who (with rather primi- 
tive equipment) more than adequately 
fed 100-plus people every day, waited 
tables, and cleaned up. 

In the afternoon we had time for 
games, which included volleyball, 
"rugby," drop the handkerchief, and 
frisbie flying. Following the fun, Mrs. 
Gudrun Sigle told the missions story. 
Finally at 3:30 the children had a 
snack and headed for the bus and 

The Lord blessed tremendously, 
both spiritually and physically. More 
than 80 children were reached each 
day with the Word of God. On the last 
day an invitation was given, and 17 of 
the older children came forward for 
salvation or rededication. There were 
no serious i nj uries— just assorted 
scrapes and bruises from playing. The 
weather was good, with no rain at all 
during the days until we were on the 
way home Friday afternoon. 

We are indeed indebted to the Lord 
for His goodness and blessing during 
the week, and thankful for all the 
people who participated in making the 
VBS a success. 

FEBRUARY 1, 1977 

A Moment with Missions 

Hope for the Non-Christian 

Qfter £> 

John W. Zielasko 


The quickest way I know to 
smother enthusiasm for foreign mis- 
sions is to suggest that the Bible offers 
hope for the sinner who dies without 
accepting Christ as his Saviour. Prove, 
if you will, that this is a well-founded 
Biblical teaching, and two things will 
happen. One, missionary ranks will be 
depleted; and two, mission budgets 
will plummet. And I believe it will oc- 
cur in that order. 

It was my impression (from study 
of the Scriptures) that the drama of 
life, including man's relationship to 
God, is played out on the earthly stage 
during a person's lifetime. It is here 
and now that our eternal destiny is 
determined by repentance and faith- 
leading to salvation in Christ, or by un- 
belief —leading to judgment (John 
3:36). It is during our physical exist- 
ence that the spiritual battle is either 
won or lost— after death it is too late 
(Luke 16:19-31). It is for this very 
reason that the Christian missionary 
enterprise is so urgent— without Christ 
men are lost (Acts 4:12). 

But this assumption was torpedoed 
recently and from a most unlikely 
source. A leading evangelical maga- 
zine 1 published an article which sug- 
gests that after death there is hope for 
the sinner after all. It says that a non- 
Christian is saved "on the basis of 
what God knows would have been his 
response if he had heard." 2 Now the 
implications of that statement are seri- 

The people under consideration 
here are "those who never heard" the 
Gospel. The article does not suggest 
that people who hear and refuse the 
message, would receive a "second 
chance" after death. Traditional Chris- 
tian doctrine is still maintained; that 

is, the believer at death enters Para- 
dise— "absent from the body . . . pres- 
ent with the Lord" (II Cor. 5:8)-the 
unbeliever enters Hades to await judg- 
ment (Luke 16). But the multitudes 
who never had the opportunity to ac- 
cept Christ because they never heard 
the Gospel— what of them? It is rea- 
soned that God would be unjust to 
condemn them; it would be unfair to 
consider them lost forever simply be- 
cause no Christian ever reached them 
with the Gospel. It is in response to 
this admittedly difficult problem that 
we are now told that they will be dealt 
with "on the basis of what God knows 
would have been his response if he had 
heard." Now, if I understand that 
statement correctly, it means that 
those who die without ever hearing the 
Gospel, will at death appear before the 
Lord and there be given the opportuni- 
ty to accept Christ. It does sound 
reasonable, doesn't it? Well, don't cut 
off your missionary support just yet- 
better check the evidence given for 
such a belief. But first, some observa- 

What, for example, does this state- 
ment do to the Great Commission- 
Matthew 28:19? Jesus instructed His 
followers to go into all the world and 
preach the Gospel. If the "after death" 
theory is correct, then it seems to me 
that the importance and urgency of 
the Great Commission is considerably 
weakened. God, it appears, has in re- 
serve an easier way to reach the lost 
than through the always difficult, 
often despised and, in view of popula- 
tion statistics, apparently unsuccessful 
method of missions. 

In the second place, what kind of 
reaction will there be in the minds of 
missionaries and potential missionaries 

who accept this teaching? Do\ 
through the centuries thousands 
Christians were willing to make i 
believable sacrifices, even to the poi 
of death, in order to take the Gosi 
to the non-Christian. But really, iff 
non-Christian will hear after dea 
there is no need for haste or sacrifi' 

And take the viewpoint of the nc 
Christian himself. If this theory w< 
true, then wouldn't it be better 
leave him alone rather than send a rr 
sionary to him? Are you not jeopard 
ing his eternal destiny by forcing h 
to accept or reject a message brouc 
to him by a fellow man? The encoi 
ter the non-Christian has with the 
cended Christ, a holy angel, or ever 
glorified saint after death, will be a 
more convincing experience than cc 
tact with a missionary. 

Now what Scriptural truth is 
fered to support the claim that there 
hope beyond the grave? Three tex 
along with the author's interpretatk 
are introduced as evidence. 

Matthew 25:34-40: "Jesus spe; 
of a judgment on the basis of mer 
shown to Himself in the persons of 1 


wretched of the earth. Though our 
knowledge about God's dealings with 
the unevangelized is slight, it is suffi- 
cient to dispel the notion that the 
hopes of untold millions are simply 
canceled out, a priori. " 3 

There are several things wrong with 
this interpretation. Suffice it to say 
that this particular judgment takes 
place at a time when no one on earth 
can claim not to have heard. Notice 
the scene: it is when the Son of Man 
shall come in His glory. The gospel of 
the kingdom, Jesus tells us, will be 
preached in all the world before that 
day (Matt. 24:14). There is also the 
testimony of the two witnesses (Rev. 
11), to say nothing of that spectacular 
event involving the angel recorded in 
Revelation 14:6. Notice particularly 
the phrase "every nation, and kindred, 
and tongue, and people." Therefore, 
when the events of Matthew 25:34 
take place, all inhabitants on earth will 
have heard. 

Next, I Peter 3:19 and 4:6 are of- 
fered in support of the theory that 
"death is the occasion when the un- 
evangelized have the opportunity to 
make a decision about Jesus Christ." 
This is indeed surprising as we shall 

Of course, there is much that 
should be said in order to give a proper 
exegesis of these difficult passages. 
Here, however, we are interested only 
in the problem as it affects missions. 
Now, if I Peter 3:19 teaches that the 
dead have the Gospel preached to 
them, and that they then have the op- 
portunity to accept Christ (and I do 
not believe it teaches this), then as far 
as the theory under discussion is con- 
cerned, it teaches too much. Who are 
the "spirits in prison"? They certainly 
are not innocent souls who never 
heard of God. They are clearly identi- 
fied (v. 20) as those who were dis- 
obedient during that period of time 

Jesus instructed His followers to go into all the 
world and preach the Gospel. If the "after 
death" theory is correct, then it seems 
that the importance and urgency of 
the Great Commission is 
considerably weakened. 

when "the ark was a preparing." So, if - 
you take this line of reasoning, then 
you have to admit that there is a 
"second chance." They heard and re- 
fused to believe in Noah's day; now 
they are hearing again. However, the 
theory is trying to prove that only the 
unevangelized are given a chance after 
death. That is why it is surprising that 
this text is introduced at all, for there 
is absolutely no shred of evidence to 
indicate that these people had not 
been evangelized in the Old Testament 

As for I Peter 4:6, there is good 
reason to believe that the reference 
here is not to unbelievers at all; that is, 
to those who died without hearing; 
but to "Christian martyrs and others 
who have been judged, condemned, 
and sentenced by hostile men. Though 

men kill them, the true life that was in 
them through the Gospel was God's 
life— eternal." 5 The point being that 
they heard and accepted the gospel 
message and were persecuted as Chris- 
tians before they died. 6 

It should be noted that there is no 
consensus among expositors as to the 
interpretation of these two difficult 
portions of Scripture. However, one 
thing is certain: the eternal destiny of 
man is too vital a matter to be deter- 
mined on the basis of a few obscure 
texts that seem to offer hope for the 
sinner after death. 

The clear teaching of the New 
Testament does not suggest that the 
Gospel is preached to men after death; 
it does teach, and teaches emphatical- 
ly, that the Gospel is to be preached to 
the living (Acts 1:8). 

^Eternity, December 1976. 

2 "Why Is Jesus the Only Way?" Clark Pinnock, Eternity, December 1976. 


^George Goodman, quoted in Eternity, December 1976. 

^Triumphant in Trouble, Paul S. Rees. 

e Word Studies in the New Testament, Kenneth S. Wuest: "The words, 'them that are dead,' refer to Christian believers who had 
died. The Gospel had been preached to them and they had become Christians. As a result of this, they had been judged according to 
men while they were on earth. This judgment was in the form of persecution because of their Christian testimony. The word 
translated 'according to' means literally 'down,' and speaks of domination. This judgment was in the hands of men and was 
administered by them." 

FEBRUARY 1, 1977 

Excerpts from a letter from Roger Peugh in Germany — 




Ryan likes school here and his new 
teacher Frau Schmidt. Likes most 
"not having as much homework as last 
year." We like that, too! Philip was 
glad to be back but didn't want to go 
to kindergarten at first because "the 
kids ask me all those questions and I 
don't understand 'em, and can't an- 
swer 'em." However, his German came 
back quickly and kindergarten is again 
lots of fun. The doctor's report on 
LEND!" Oh, excuse me: very satisfac- 
tory! Nancy's blood pressure is doing 
quite well— virtually normal. 

I'm happy to be in my new office 
in our new church facilities. Feel 
spoiled with beautiful wall-to-wall car- 
peting which insulates my feet from 
the very cold floors. Our biggest prob- 
lems here seem to be that we don't 
have a phone yet— they have to tear up 
the sidewalk, put in new cables, and so 
on, which will take weeks— and also 
that we don't have a doorbell. But 
then there are advantages to the quiet 
that Robert (Harrell) and I enjoy due 
to our inaccessability. His office is 
here, too, next to mine. Today the 
third side-room gets painted as youth- 
room/small-meeting room. (Had the 
thrill of going there as Ingrid Spengler 
received Christ into her life three days 

The new church building is beauti- 
fully decorated— painted off-white, 
with green-brown fleck carpet and 
light green full-length curtains along 
one wall (46 feet long!). Everyone 
who first sees it is overwhelmed with 
the simple, warm beauty. Flower ar- 
rangements (a German specialty) add 
the touch of life — mostly dried 
flowers, beautifully arranged. Have a 
very adequate 60-watt sound system. 

Our first Sunday back here was 
Schneiders' last, and Dr. Schneider 
preached to 125 people in our new 
church building. Since then we've been 

Roger and Nancy Peugh with Philip, Ryan, and Lamar 

in the 80s each Sunday, seeing a grow- 
ing spirit of anticipation. Happy that 
Robert has gotten the financial books 
for the house done, and in the next 
few days I'll be turning over the man- 
agement of our house to the new 
owner— Herr Bienzle. One less head- 
ache to fuss over. Started meeting with 
the university students again this 
week— about 10 came— there is a mess 
regarding their class schedules, which 
will change in January so more can 

Frau Hirrlinger said recently: "I 
really want to join your church." 
Nancy and I will be visiting the home 
in January to talk with her and her 
husband, who is not a Christian, about 
this desire she has. She has a very clear 
testimony of God's work of grace in 
her life. A Herr and Frau Bosch (we 
have three and a half Bosch families in 
the church) were having very serious 
problems in recent months. She knows 
Christ; he has become very curious, 
and has brought her to church twice 
and also to the Bible study last night. 
Jurgen and Beate Grun, formerly in 
the University Bible study group here, 
are now both in Bible school in See- 
heim. I see in him great promise for 
the ministry of the Word of God. 

Frau Heimerdinger called Monda' 
to share that her young son Dieter wa 
very moved by God's Word from Johi 
1:12-13 on Sunday. The entire fron 
row was filled with eight- to ten-year 
old boys— what a challenge! 

And the stories go on and on! 

Preaching is my love, sharing Hi 
wonderful all-powerful Word witl 
people and standing absolutely amazei 
at His grace, that people are changei 
by His Holy Spirit through that Word 
What a miracle. Have really enjoyei 
starting the series in John's gospel- 
this Sunday from John 1:14. It ha 
been thrilling to study for the mes 
sage— and to learn again that God real 
ly penetrated the history of this plane 
to live in a human body! It is absolute 
ly staggering to ponder His glory- 
equal with God in every sense, full o 
grace (so that we can get from Hin 
what we don't deserve) and truth (s< 
that in the getting we are remindec 
that He knows the real truth about u 
all the time— and so freely gives us Hi 
forgiveness in spite of what we are anc 
what we have done). 

Thanks for praying. It was jus 
great to have seen so many of you it 
the States, and to have heard from s( 
many of you since then. 


Many Years 

of His Goodness 

Albert Balzer 

Thirty years have passed since we 
first went to Africa; it doesn't seem 
possible. The best years of our lives 
have flown by. Have they been reward- 
ing years? Yes, yes, a thousand times 
yes. Fruits? The Lord has the record, 
and we have the satisfaction of know- 
ing that we have been just where He 
has meant for us to be. 

Getting older is a most interesting 
experience. It seems that only recently 
I have noticed the still small voice: 
"You are numbered among the older 
ones." Youth is a wonderful exper- 
ience, but for us Christians the greatest 
of all experiences is awaiting us when 
we will cross the finishing line of 
this life and forever and ever be with 
the Lord. Praise His name! 

As we think back to when we first 
arrived in Africa, things have indeed 
changed a great deal. At that time in 
the forties there was a church with 
approximately 15,000 members and 
only a handful of trained African 
leaders. Today the membership stands 
in excess of 75,000 with something 
like 500 trained pastors on the field. 
The marvelous thing is that the 
African church is on its own today— a 
well-organized church holding its own 
local and general conferences each 

The "push-push," an early type of missionary transporta- 
tion, manned by two Africans, one at the front and one at 
the back. 

Al and Elsie Balzer 

year. Whereas 30 years ago the mis- 
sionary was the leader, today he is 
a helper and advisor. Much of the 
training in our four schools today is 
done by an African staff. 

Thirty years ago all our printing 
was done by a hand-crank mimeo- 
graph. Today there are modern print- 
ing facilities which can print thousands 
of pieces of literature in a matter of 
days, mostly accomplished by local 

The medical work has much the 
same history with a modern cen- 
tral hospital and a large part of the 
medical work in local hands, includ- 
ing much of the surgery that is done 
by the African staff. 

In the building program there have 
been changes, too. Thirty years ago we 
did not have a single flush toilet or 
sink, and just a few bucket showers. 
There were only two residences with 
fireproof roofs, which also have long 
since been replaced. Today every 
building in the mission has a per- 
manent fireproof roof; no more fear 
for the yearly grass fires. However, 
even today our homes are not nearly 
as plush as homes in the United 
States. No one-inch carpets or expen- 
sive furniture, but almost everyone 

can call his dwelling "Home Sweet 

In the actual construction, what a 
difference! It used to be up to me to 
finish all the cement floors, lay out the 
foundations, make the doors and win- 
dows, do the plumbing and the elec- 
trical work, and so on and on. But not 
so today. In every area, Africans are 
now qualified to do the actual work. 

And now for a personal note. The 
Lord makes no mistakes. When He sets 
up a program, it's a "go." When Elsie 
and I met at the crossroad, little did 
we know that some day we would be 
building. But when we did, her child- 
hood desire to draw plans became very 
useful in her amateur style. Even when 
yet in the States, we together designed 
all our plans, including several 20-unit 
apartment houses. And in Africa Elsie 
drew the plans of every church and 
most of the other buildings I built. 
We had a simple program. I would 
tell her what I wanted and she would 
go to work. Sometimes as many as 
15 plans and some tears would land in 
the wastebasket. But in time the 
plans were approved and we would go 
to work. So what you find on the 
mission field today, whether good or 
(Continued on page 11) 

FEBRUARY 1, 1977 

Going Forward 

Miss Estella Myers 

(FMS editor's note: Not long before her death 20 years 
ago, pioneer missionary Miss Estella Myers wrote a series 
of articles dealing with the establishment of the Brethren 
mission in Africa. This installment, the second in the 
series, is reprinted from the Brethren Missionary Herald 
for January 7, 1956.) 

We had committed our lives to the Lord and we were 
trusting Him to give us the desire of our hearts to evan- 
gelize in an unreached field. Our group included the 
James Gribbles, Miss Mae Snyder, and me. 

On board ship the City of Cairo we continued our 
Bible classes and prayer meetings, and the study of the 
French language as well as the native trade language, 
Sango. I typed for the class the lessons in Sango that Mr. 
Haas gave me. A theatrical group which was going to 
southern Africa accepted our invitation to join our 
Bible classes. When the sea was rough, some of the pas- 
sengers were seasick. Almost every day we practiced 
lifeboat drill and fire drill. All of us in turn were kept 
busy playing with the children on board. 

We were a happy group and we praised the Lord 
along the way. Fellowshiping with so many missionaries 
was a real treat. As we approached Cape Town, we met 
in the dining room for prayer. The ship City of Athens 
had previously been sunk in that harbor. We thanked 
the Lord for keeping us through dangerous waters. 

Cape Town is a beautiful city. The two days we 
were there were busy, visiting the Belgian and Portu- 
guese consuls to have our passports visaed. We found 
that all our baggage did not follow us, but we were 
thankful for what we had. 

Then came the parting from most of the mission- 
aries—some went to India, some to Madagascar, and 
others to the eastern coast of Africa. We 1 1 missionaries 
and two children were the only passengers who sailed 
along the western coast of Africa on the steamship 
Outenique. Because the cabins of this northern ship sail- 
ing in southern waters were too hot, it was necessary 
for us to find other places to sleep. The women slept on 

sofas in the ladies room; the men in the smoking room 
and dining room. Some of us preferred the two life- 
boats where we could look at the stars. The heavens 
looked different than they had in the north. 

After a few days travel, the captain found the ship 
had sprung a leak and we had to hurry back to Walfish 
Bay for repairs. After being in harbor three days, we 
were able to sail on. All through the 13 days aboard the 
Outenique we continued our studies and prayer meet- 
ings. It was a hot journey but we did not mind the heat, 
for were we not obeying our Master's orders? One is 
always happy when obeying his guide. 

We arrived at Loanda where we were told Stanley 
entered with his army half a mile wide— men who were 
nearly starved— hunting for Livingstone. A Methodist 
missionary there was our interpreter at the customs 
where we deposited our baggage in transit. We were able 
to stay in the native girls dormitory since the girls were 
on vacation, and during our few days there we had our 
meals downtown. 

Early one morning, when I was passing the native 
church, I heard the people singing "Nothing but the 
blood of Jesus" in their language. It impressed me to 
hear those once heathen natives singing from their 
hearts that nothing but the blood of Jesus could cleanse 
them. I stopped to listen and decided that that song 
would be one of the first we would translate for our 
natives after we knew their language— and it was. 

Our next ship was the Wall, which had been wait- 
ing out in the bay for cargo from the Outenique. We 
received permission to sail if we could get to it by nine 
o'clock Monday morning. Sunday afternoon we prayed 
for the Lord to guide us. Early Monday morning we 
managed to get the baggage out of customs and porters 
to take it to a lighter which we obtained, and at almost 
nine o'clock the women and children were sent out in a 
rowboat with Mr. Bragg to entertain the captain until 
the men could get the baggage to the ship. At ten 
o'clock the men with the baggage arrived and we re- 



joiced to be together again. The captain laughed at our 
trick. He knew we thought that he would not sail with 
only the women, leaving the men behind. 

Our next duty was to prepare our meals with supplies 
that we bought at Loanda. It was like a picnic, with 
everyone hungry. We had no cabins and put up our 
cots on deck for the night. The journey to Boma took 
only 36 hours. Since there were no railings on the ship, 
the children had to be watched, so they were guided 
with ropes tied around their waists. 

We entered the dirty Congo River and stopped at the 
Boma mission. Our next ship was the governor's yacht, 
which the next day took us to Matadi (which means 
"stones" in the native language). It was not large enough 
to take all the baggage, so the men remained to see 
about the rest of it. 

Dr. Sims met us at Matadi and made arrangements for 
us to take the little train on the narrow gauge railroad, 
which was controlled by natives. The railroad was built 
because the rapids in the Congo prevented further ship 
travel up the river. It took Chinese convicts 20 years to 

build this railroad, and for every yard of railroad a life 
was sacrificed in the making of it. We rode up the moun- 
tain the first day, staying overnight at Tysville, and 
down the mountain the next day. At every village the 
natives ran out some distance to beat the train. And it 
was an obliging train: one could buy fruit along the way, 
and if anything was dropped the train stopped for it. 
At one village the engineer forgot the conductor and 
some papers, but about a mile out he stopped. The con- 
ductor was very angry when he arrived, and we had to 
wait until the engineer and conductor stopped their 
quarreling before we could go on. Many amusing things 
happened along the way on this little railroad. 

Sunday was spent at the hotel in Kenchasa, and we 
expected to go to Brazzaville on Monday. We were much 
in prayer as we looked across Stanley Pool to French 
Equatorial Africa, and we gave ourselves anew to be 
used in that vast unreached field. Though we did not 
know what was before us, we were willing to knock at 
the door for entrance, believing that God would open it 
to the Gospel. 

February ^ tXn ^ lMM La ke 

Pohrnarw ic mi<H\/par mpptinn timp fnr thp %* ^ 

February is midyear meeting time for the 
Board of Trustees of the Foreign Missionary 
Society. At the request of the board, all field 
superintendents will also be in Winona Lake 
for the board meeting. In fact, the superin- 
tendents will arrive a few days earlier for 
special sessions with the office staff. 

The schedule is as follows: 
Thursday and Friday, February 17 and 18; 
also, Monday, February 21: 
Field superintendents meet with office 
Sunday, February 20: Field superintendents 
minister in Winona Lake area churches. 
Monday evening, February 21: Board meet- 
ings begin and will continue through 
Thursday evening, February 24. During 
this time field superintendents will be on 
hand for consultations with the board, as 
well as for interviews with missionary 
It promises to be a full and particularly 
busy time for all involved. 

Field superintendents include the following 

Argentina Rev. Solon Hoyt 

Brazil, North Rev. Bill Burk 

Brazil, South Rev. Tim Farner 

Central Africa Rev. Roy Snyder 

Chad Dr. Jake Kliever 

Europe Rev. Tom Julien 

Mexico Rev. Walter Haag 

Many Years of His Goodness 

(Continued from page 9) 

bad, has been created in this fashion. 

Last but not least is the change in 
Elsie's work in Africa. In the early 
years she, like missionaries before her, 
would do her village visitation work 
with a push-push. Later, for many 
years, a car was available and the out- 
reach was much larger. I wish that it 
might be possible to borrow a few of 
the many stars in her crown that 
surely are waiting for her at the throne 
of Glory. Though we know it does not 
work that way, I do have the satis- 
faction of always standing by in 
prayer or in any other help I could 
give her in her work. 

"Only one life, 'twill soon be past; 
only what's done for Christ will last." 

FEBRUARY 1, 1977 


rpn Churches ^nrl thp Fv/^nnpliral Pi-psc Accnr iati,-,n l^^^ 

the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association 

• Annual changes. The phone number of Rev. Phillip J. 
Simmons is 717/232-0941. New addresses: Rev. Don 
Ogden, 603 E. Center St., Warsaw, [nd. 46580. Rev. 
Richard M. Smith, Box 1098, Third St.. Nanty Glo, Pa. 
15943. Rev. Luke E. Kauffman, R. R. 4, Box 409, 
Myerstown, Pa. 17067. Rev. Allen Herr, R. R. 1, Ab- 
bottstown. Pa. 17301. Rev. Fred W. Devan. Jr., 2507 
Vancouver Dr., N.W., Roanoke. Va. 24012. 

• National conference memo. The National Conference 
Music Committee invites pastors and responsible local 
church officials to recommend individuals and groups 
for special music at the 1977 conference sessions. A tape 
recording of representative music would be appreciated. 
Correspondence should be sent to Dr. Vance Yoder, 
Music Committee chairman. Grace College, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. 

•New arrival dept. Rev. and Mrs. Richard Bell, of our 
North Kokomo (Ind.) Grace Brethren Church are happy 
to announce that David Jonathan arrived at their home 
on Jan. 7, 1977. He weighed in at exactly 8 lbs. 

• At Taos, N. Mex., it is the WMC ladies who have joined 
the "painters union." And the men of the congregation 
admit the church social hall "looks like new." Thanks to 
the women and a little paint, plus some elbow grease. 


JAMES- March, April, May 1977 

James and Peter 

H. A. Ironside. Cloth, S3. 75 

James, Faith in Action 

G. Coleman Luck. Paper, $1.95 

A Belief That Behaves 

Guy King. Paper, $1.75 

The Good Life 

Henry Jacobsen. Paper, $1.75 

The General Epistle of James 

Ft. V. G. Tasker. Paper, $2.25 

Send your order for any of the above to the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. (Minimum order, $5.00.) Please enclose your check 
or money order, and we pay all postage and handling costs. 

Two men guard Pastor Ken Stoll in the stocks. 

•The resurrection of the Tories and the Patriots caused 
many exciting moments at the Sunday School of the 
Suburban Grace Brethren Church (Hatboro, Pa.). The 
six-week contest, divided into the above mentioned 
groups, saw the attendance climb from the 80s to a top 
of 124. 

Each Sunday the captain of the losing team was pub- 
licly put into "torture" stocks. Also each week a special 
Bicentennial skit was presented including a demonstra- 
tion one Sunday by the "First Regiment of Foot" of the 
Pennsylvania Army of the Revolution. This is an authen- 
tic group from the Philadelphia area and display antique 
muskats and clothing. 

On the Sunday following the close of the contest the 
winners. Patriots, dressed in Bicentennial garb with the 
pastor, Kenneth Stoll, looking exactly like Ben Franklin. 

Individual prize winners were privileged to grab from 
the bags all the money they could hold; first prize- 
dimes; second— nickels; third— pennies. 


In Memory 

Notices in this column must be submitted i 

iting by the paste 

ETLING, Harold, 71, Jan. 3, the Director Emeritus of 
the Christian Education Dept. of the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches. Dr. Etling served as the direc- 
tor of this board for a total of 18 years, retiring in 1971. 
In 1962 he was given an honorary doctor's degree by 
Grace Schools, in recognition of his years of service to 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. He had re- 
cently served as conference coordinator for our Fellow- 
ship. Dr. Etling was a member of the Winona Lake Breth- 
ren Church. Rev. Charles Ashman, pastor, officiated at 
the memorial service. 

KETTELL, Thelma, 76, Dec. 26, 1976, wife of Rev. Ray 
Kettell. She was a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Hagerstown, Md., and she and her husband, had 
recently moved to Grace Village at Winona Lake, Ind. 
Funeral services were conducted on Dec. 28 at Warsaw, 
Ind., with Dr. Robert Collitt and Rev. Robert Ashman 

LYNN, Archie L., 89, Dec. 14, 1976, longtime Brethren 
pastor and evangelist. He served in a number of pastor- 
ates, including the First Brethren Church, Johnstown, 
Pa., (twice), and the Grace Brethren Church, Glendale, 
Calif. Services were conducted in Buena Vista, Va., with 
Rev. Lester Kennedy and Rev. Dan Eshleman in charge. 


in the ^Brethren 

Missionary Herald 

«3 5 Years Ago-1942 

A special issue of the Brethren Missionary Herald, 
dated Feb. 7, told the exciting story of the Zam Zam. 
The formidable events that faced the Brethren mis- 
sionaries on board were part of the story of the shell- 
ing of the ship by the Germans. Accounts of the inci- 
dent were reported by Miss Ruth Snyder ... A new 
edition of Bible Truths (Dr. Alva J. McClain) came 
off the press at ten cents a copy . . . The announce- 
ment appeared of a new book by Dr. Louis Bauman 
entitled Russian Events in the Light of Prophecy. 

I J Years Ago-1 962 

The report of gifts for Foreign Missions for the year 
1961 was presented and it totaled $346,780 . . . The 
Wooster, Ohio, church has extended a call to James 
Custer, student at Grace Seminary, to serve during 
the summer vacation . . . William A. Steffler has ten- 
dered his resignation to the First Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio. He will be going to Suburban Brethren 
at Hatboro, Pa. 

J Years Ago-1972 

M. L. Myers, former pastor of First Brethren, Fort 
Wayne, Ind., has accepted a call to Ghent Brethren 
Church, Roanoke, Va. ... Dr. William Walker was 
named "Citizen of the Year" at Rittman, Ohio. 

Left to right: 

Rev. Gerald Kelley, 

Rev. BernardSimmons, 

Dr. Paul Fink, 

Rev. James Wingfield, 

& Rev. Robert Combs. 

Pastor & Mrs. 

Wingfield are kneeling. 

•Sunday, November 14, 1976. was a red letter day in 
the life of the Grace Brethren Church at Elyria, Ohio. 
The congregation celebrated the 20th anniversary of 
their occupancy of the present building and also wit- 
nessed the ordination of their pastor, Rev. Mike Wing- 
field. Dr. Paul Fink, Grace Seminary professor, preached 
the afternoon ordination message. A reception dinner 
followed, during which a love gift was presented to Pas- 
tor Wingfield. A Sunday evening service of slides and 
reminiscences closed out the eventful day. Our Elyria 
correspondent, Mrs. Robert Shultz, also informs us that 
this special Sunday was also the 27th birthday of Pastor 
Wingfield, and the 10th anniversary of the ordination of 
his father, Pastor James Wingfield of the Gospel Breth- 
ren Church, Roanoke, Virginia. 

• Ashland, Ohio, couple honored in Florida. Mr. and 
Mrs. Thomas Younkin were honored on the occasion of 
their 50th wedding anniversary by the congregation of 
the Grace Brethren Church of the Palm Beaches in Lake 
Worth, Fla., where William Cole is pastor. The Younkins 
have been active members of the Grace Brethren Church 
in Ashland since 1938. 
Mrs. Younkin cuts the anniversary cake. 

FEBRUARY 1, 1977 

Abounding <£Love, 

Photography by John Burtoft 


(Addresses mav be joundon pp. 31 & 32 of the 1977 Brethren Annual.,/ 

Suzanne Lynn Mensinger April 9, 1969 

Philip Edward Peters April 20, 1962 

Deborah Lynn Austin April 26, 1965 

Thomas Allen Peters April 28, 1959 

Miss Evelyn Tschetter April 29 


Rev. Solon W. Hoyt April 2 


Lois Esther Burk April 9, 1969 

Samuel Ray Schwartz April 10, 1972 

Rev. Norman L. Johnson April 1 5 

Miss Barbara Hulse April 27 

Mrs. Timothy H. Farrier April 29 

Jonathan Craig Farner April 29, 1971 


Stephanie Ann Shargel April 10, 1973 


Mrs. Clifford L. Coffman April 10 


Mrs. Phillip Guerena April 5 


Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

Mrs. Robert S. Williams April 1 5 


Pres.-Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Woos- 

ter Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Secy.- Mrs. George Christie, 417 Allison 

Way, Goldendale, Wash. 98620 
Asst. Secy. -Mrs. Sally Neely, 565 Stony- 
ridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373 
Fin. Secy .-Treas.- Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 

National WMC.) 
Asst. Fin. Secy.-Mrs. Thomas Inman, 2244 

Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Lit. Secy.-Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 8, 

Box 157, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Richard Sellers, 4661 

Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 

This aisle is narrow in a Grace Seminary class and 
the amount is small that each WMC member needs 
to contribute to reach our goal of $6,000 to alle- 
viate crowded conditions on this campus. Remem- 
ber . . . 

Only $2 

From each of you 

Will help us do 

Great things for God this year. 
Deadline for this project offering is March 10. 



Another in the series on the 1976-77 WMC Birthday Missionaries ■ 



"What are you doing, Mommie?" 
asked my six-year-old daughter, Heidi, 
who just came into my room. It was 
evident to her that when I'm racking 
my brain, something unusual is taking 
place! I explained to her that I was 
trying to put down my past history in 
some kind of readable form. That was 
hard for her to understand, for she 
couldn't imagine why anyone would 
want to read about her mommie's 
life leading up to the present time. 

Her reaction caused me to ask my- 
self the same question. I'm not an 
extra-ordinary person whose past is 
filled with exciting adventures. (My 
mother might think a few of those 
adventures were too exciting for her, 
however— like the time I ran for state 
treasurer at a student nurse convention 
in Toledo, Ohio— and I knew nothing 
about being a treasurer. In fact, math 
was one of my poorer subjects. It was 
quite fortunate that I lost the election, 
but it wasn't because of lack of 
support from my classmates.) 

It seems to me that I'm just an or- 
dinary person with an ordinary past. 
But one thing stands out as the most 
important event of my life. I was just 
seven years old when one night after 
prayer meeting my mother led me to 
the Lord. My parents relate that there 
was evidence of a change in my young 
life, the first noticeable thing being the 
sparkle in my eyes as witnessed by 
my father right after I asked Jesus into 
my life. 

My family was very active in the 
First Brethren Church of Wooster, 
Ohio, and it seemed that whenever 

Mrs. Larry Pfahler 

the church doors were open, we were 
there. Many missionaries came to our 
church, camps, and youth retreats, 
and through them the Lord spoke to 
me at an early age about missionary 

After high school graduation I en- 
tered Aultman Hospital School of 
Nursing in Canton, Ohio, and three 
years later I graduated with my R.N. 
degree. Those three years were es- 
pecially difficult because I was away 
from the influence of home and 
church. And I found myself being tried 
and tested and at times it seemed my 
faith wavered. But the Lord was faith- 
ful and forgiving and He brought me 
back unto Himself. 

During my last year at Aultman I 
met Larry, who was then in his first 
year of medical school at Ohio State. 
I had decided at the beginning of my 
training period that I would never 
marry a doctor. I could see firsthand 
that a doctor's life was a difficult one, 
and the demands were so great that 
doctors had little time for home life 
and their families often suffered. But 
before I knew it I was well on my way 
to doing what I had previously decided 
I would never do. 

Larry and I were married on Sep- 
tember 3, 1966, one week after I 
graduated from nursing school. We 
went to Columbus to live, and Larry 
started his second year of med school 
while I worked on campus at Univer- 
sity Hospital. 




Our time in Columbus was greatly 
enriched by attending the Worthington 
Grace Brethren Church; and through 
the ministry of the pastors there, the 
Lord spoke to us further about full- 
time service. The friendships made 
there have been precious and greatly 
encouraging during these first years in 

The chief thing the Lord used in 
bringing us here was the three months 
we spent on the field in 1968. In 
medical school it's often possible to 
take an elective and work in an under- 
developed country for several months 
and get school credit for it. So we 
applied for the program and ended up 
here at Boguila, our mission hospital, 
where we are now stationed. We saw 
the need firsthand and learned to 
know some of the people. When we 
returned home, we told the Lord that 
if He wanted us back, we were willing 
to go. Since then He has led us a step 
at a time through the remainder of 
med school, a year's internship in 
Columbus, a year of seminary at 
Grace, and 16 months of study in 

So, that's how it happens that an 
ordinary person finds herself on the 
mission field in Africa. But as I 
read God's Word, I realize that it's 
the ordinary people God uses to get 
His work done. If we were something 
special, we might have a tendency to 
glory in our own abilities; but because 
we are nothing special, and because we 
have weaknesses and faults, we must 
give God all the glory for whatever is 
accomplished through us. 


"Dear Heavenly Father please fix 
my legs. But if you don't want to I'll 
still be happy." Christi prayed that 
prayer several months ago. Her legs are 
still paralyzed, and she is still happy. 
Yesterday her daddy asked her, 
"Christi, why are you so happy?" She 
stopped singing and bouncing for a 
few seconds to answer him. She said, 
"Because Jesus is in my heart." 

Christi is six years old. She was our 
first child. We've been learning 
through her life what real joy is. It can 
be a reality, if one's trust is placed in 
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, not 
in surrounding circumstances. 

When Christi was born we were 
given little hope for her life. We were 
told that if she lived she would be 
terribly crippled and badly retarded. 
She was born with many birth defects, 
the primary one being an "open 
spine." The medical term for this 
condition is spina bifida which indi- 
cates a hole in the spinal column 
resulting in damage to the spinal cord. 
The presence of this problem caused 
paralysis of her legs. Also present was 
a condition called hydrocephalus. Due 
to a blockage in part of her brain, the 
normally circulating fluid would build 
up and cause brain damage. She also 
had several orthopaedic birth defects. 

God has been good to us. Many of 
the things we were told at her birth 
have not come true. Christi has nor- 
mal intelligence and attends first grade 
at the neighborhood elementary 
school. The only obvious difference 
between her and the other six-year- 
olds in her class, is that she wears 
braces and uses crutches. 

When I am asked what it is like to 
be the mother of a handicapped child, 
many thoughts and memories flood 
my mind. Becoming the mother of a 
handicapped child obviously is not 
something one can plan or prepare for. 
It just happens and you start learning 
to take one day at a time and trust 
God to teach you what you need to 
know and do. 

I think back to the 17 surgeries 
Christi's been through. One year we 
spent 120 days in the hospital But 
even in those years of so many hospi- 
tal trips and stays there was joy. 
Christi's cheerful, trusting spirit sur- 

prised many and pleased us. We 
learned a lot about trusting our 
Heavenly Father by the way she 
trusted us, even when it often brought 
pain or discomfort. 

The hard part for me as Christi's 
mother has been concern over her 
physical welfare. God tells me not to 
worry and reminds me of how much 
He loves her and cares for her. 

My special joy has been to watch 
her mature spiritually. She invited 
Jesus into her heart when she was 
three years old. She loves to hear the 
Bible stories, and it was through her 
concern that we started a "Good 
News" club in our home for the 
neighborhood kids. Three people have 
come to know the Lord directly 
through her; one mother, a little seven- 
year-old-girl, and a school bus driver. 
Lately, she's been praying for her baby 
sister's salvation. 

Christi has been used by God as 
the chief catalyst for spiritual growth 
in my life. I am learning to say with 
James: "Consider it all joy, my breth- 
ren, when you encounter various 
trials; knowing that the testing of your 
faith produces endurance. And let 
endurance have its perfect result, that 
you may be perfect and complete, 
lacking in nothing" (James 1:2-4 

There are many hurdles ahead for 
Christi. My husband and I pray for the 
wisdom promised in James 1:5. In 
the meantime, through each day, we're 
learning to trust God. We are very 
thankful to our Heavenly Father who 
knows how to give good gifts and for 
a little girl whose middle name just 
happens to be Joy. 





Irs. Steve Hoffman 

(Editor's Note: Mrs. Hoffman, a seminarian's 
wife, attends Winona Lake Brethren Church 
and is a leader in the church 's outreach 

FEBRUARY 1, 1977 

0§<? A> Q&ookworrn 




If the mid- 
winter blahs are 
slowly catching 
up with you, u 
member there is a 
prescription already 
written to help you re- 
cover. When the days are 
drafty and the nights are 
positively cold, curl up with 
one of the WMC reading 
books for 1976-77 and before 
you know it, spring will be here. 
Even if you live where the weath- 
er is always nice, the reading ma- 
terial provided in these volumes ca 
change the pace of a ho-hum e 

Kidnapped— Karl and Debbie Dort; 
A Mother's World-Gay\e G. Roper 
The Happy Housewife— Elizabeth 


^he (S&ank of^irne 

If you had a bank that credited your account each 
morning with $86,400 that carried over no balance 
from day to day and allowed you to keep no cash in 
your account . . . and every evening canceled what- 
ever part of the amount you had failed to use during 
the day . . . what would you do? Draw out every 
cent, of course. Well . . . you have such a bank, and 
its name is "Time." Every night it rules off, as lost, 
whatever of this you have failed to invest to good 
purpose ... it carries over no balance. It allows no 
overdrafts. Each day it opens a new account with 

you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If 
you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. 
There is no going back. There is no drawing against 
"Tomorrow." You must live in the present— on to- 
day's deposits. Invest it ... so as to get from it the 
utmost in health, happiness and success! 

—Author Unknown 

If the world would invite us to make the best use of 
our time, how much more should we as Christians be 
seeking to fill our days with good sound invest- 
ments. -WMC Editor's Pen 

National WMC Executive Committee will hold their mid-year meetings February 24 & 25th 
in Winona Lake, Indiana. Pray for your leaders. 


BMH Newest News 

The Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church, Kokomo, Ind . , enjoyed the blessings of 
the Lord with 34 decisions during a 4-day "Heart of Christmas" campaign with for- 
mer pastor Herman Hein as evangelist. Pastor Gegner reports that attendance 
averaged 120 for the services. 

A facelift has been given to the parsonage at Leamersville Grace Brethren Church 
in Duncansville, Pa. The Gregory family is enjoying the new carpeting, siding, 
storm windows and doors that have been installed. Some improvements have also 
been made at the church, including the parking lot and drives blacktopped, and 
new auditorium draperies made by the ladies. 

The East Side Grace Brethren Church, Columbus, Ohio, held the dedication of their 
new building Jan. 30. Speaker was Dave Burnham from the Chapel in University 
Park, Akron, Ohio. 

Pastor Marion Thomas, Anderson, S.C., reports that their church will be opening 
a new Christian day school in September. Their new church was built with 
facilities to accommodate school classes, which will begin with kindergartners . 

Rochester, Minn. (EP) -Billy Graham responded satisfactorily to treatment of 
phlebitis in his left leg in Rochester's Methodist Hospital, a spokesman for the 
Mayo Clinic reported. Mr. Graham began a crusade in Gothenburg, Sweden Jan. 12 
as scheduled. 

Brethren Missionary Herald printing dept. has just installed a new Heidelberg 
GTO offset press to help process the increased volume of work. One of the first 

jobs to be printed on the new press was the cover of the study guide for March, 
Life in the Pressure Cooker by Dr. Roy Roberts. 

Princeton, N.J. (EP)-U.S. church and synagogue attendance rose in 1976, for the 
first time since 1958, according to a new Gallup Poll. 

Robert Holmes has been called by the West Homer Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio 
to serve his 27th year as pastor. During 1976, church offerings increased 25% 
over 1975, and the church had the unusual distinction of giving $37,000 to missions 
and spending just $13,500 for local expenses. 

The Grace College Lancers basketball team took a southern trip during the semester 
break, and were the champs in the Miami (Fla.) Christian College tourney. Their 
record now stands at 12-2 for the season. 

Denver (EP)-Pastor Charles E. Blair of Calvary Temple was placed on five years' 
probation and fined $12,750 for fraudulent sales of securities. The judge em- 
phasized that a condition of the minister's probation will be total repayment to 
the 3,400 persons who invested more than $12 million in the church's foundation 
and nursing homes. 

Evangelistic meetings for which you're asked to pray: Herman Hein at the Susque- 
hanna Grace Brethren Church, Wrightsville, Pa., Feb. 13-16; and then at the First 
Brethren Church, Winchester, Va., Feb. 20-23. The Beckers will be at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Johnson City, Tenn. , Feb. 6-11 and then at the Patterson Memorial 
Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. , Feb. 13-18. 

FEBRUARY 1, 1977 19 

hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

Glory Be! 

• Our marriage is doing well-ours with the director of 
SMM and the ministries she has with ladies and girls around 
the country. The new SMWI material is great! Thanks to good 
friends of WMC for a lot of provisions in this area and to 
Judy Ashman for her excitement as director. Has your 
church seen the new stuff that's happening here? T-shirts; 
pins; new awards; terrific goals for achievement, character 
and knowledge; beautiful workbooks. 

• The teacher's packet by Jim Long-large, $2.95. No 
small sizes. But worth it. Buy your Sunday School teacher 
one for next quarter. Ask your superintendent or pastor if 
there's a way you could provide it for your Sunday School. 
They're just plain good for getting students involved in learn- 
ing the good lessons. 

• Have you read II Corinthians 3:18 lately? A great 
verse for maturity in Christian education. We're to be 
changed from "glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the 
Spirit" in us. We do this by looking in the mirror at the glory 
of the Lord. We get changed like Him, from glory to glory. 

Love and kindness grow. That's one glory. We learn to 
build others. That's another glory. Glory to glory. On and 
on, up and up. 

Pile into that Christian ed work at your church when 
it's helping people get changed. Glory be! And you will be 
changed from glory to glory too. One thing at a time. 

• Thanks for the heartening response to my being 
director of this important ministry of our Fellowship and to 
others on staff. We need encouragement and support, with 
prayers and finances from the grass roots. That's where the 
strength of our churches is, and we want to help you grow! 

• In the end, all that matters is that God is glorified. 

And He is glorified when we grow in Him and help others 
do the same. 
Let it be! 

Knute Larson 


There's trouble. 

Right here in River City. 

Now it's much easier to talk about the trouble 
them there people are having out there in Hollywood. 
Why I understand that two out of three of their mar- 
riages end up in a swimming pool, or something like 

But this is not a page about statistics from the Far 

This one's about love, joy, peace and the other 
produce of the Spirit in your home. 

It's about good vibrations between a husband and 
wife, which make pleasant sounds in a family, which 
produce the enjoyable mood and ministry in a 

And that, you know, could change the world. 

When the bells are ringing like they should be in a 
home, it's because people are delighting to meet each 
other's God-given needs. 

The husband is really husbanding. 

The wife is truly wifing. 

A wife's needs seem clear: 

1. She needs love. 

There it is— her greatest need. It covers a multitude 
of mistakes. If this one guy (her husband) loves her to 
death, she can make it. 

Love that the Bible tells a man to give to his wife 
is agape, action to meet her needs. 

His covenant produces the action. 

The action brings on feelings, which are nice. 

But love, the action, is the greatest. 

Love is support. Doing the best for her. Giving all 
of yourself to her. 

Love is a note of appreciation ... an unexpected 
rose ... an open line of communication ... an 
opened door ... a hand with the housework ... a 
look in the eye ... a touch . . . support and encour- 
agement in ministry ... a soft answer ... an under- 
standing smile ... a giving heart. 

Love is pretty nice. 

Ephesians 5:25 tells Mr. to love as Christ loves— 
with covenant-action. 

His wife's pleasant mouth tells him to keep it up. 

2. She needs spiritual leadership. 

The verses built around "the husband is the head 
of the wife" are crammed with spiritual purposes 
(Eph. 5:23-27). 

He's not there to "lord it over his old lady" but to 
help his wife be clean and grow in Christ. 

And nothing feels better than being clean and 

Wives may fight it, but they will all tell you they 
want it— for their husband to be their head and pas- 

Good Marriages 

Pastor Knute Larson 
Executive Director, 
GBC Christian Education 

tor. Notice how many wives whose husbands don't 
supply this find their strength somewhere else— in a 
book, a pulpit, a group, or a different man. 

Spiritual leadership involves all areas of life— for all 
matters are related to the Holy Spirit. 

3. She needs sweetness. 

Maybe every so often a man should beat his chest 
and yodel, or do a wheelie in the driveway, or rip a 
church directory in two. But what his wife wants 
consistently is the deeper sort of masculinity: sweet- 

Oh come on. 

It's true. Colossians 3:19 gives the clue that she 
needs it: "Husbands, love your wives, and do not be 
embittered against them." 

I'm no cook, but I think you avoid bitterness with 

Sincere, soft kindness. 

Romantic love. 

Continuing, free-flowing forgiveness. 

4. She needs understanding. 

Allow Peter, who was nice to his mother-in-law, to 
say it for the Lord: "You husbands . . . live with your 
wives in an understanding way" (I Peter 3:7). 

If you go to use a chain saw, read the chain saw 
instructions. Don't try to snorkel with it, or ride it to 

Foolish talk? 

Maybe. But sometimes we men treat our wives like 

A wife is not a man or a chain saw. 

She's a woman. 

And they're different from men. Not better or 
worse, but different. 

The Bible helps you understand them. So does 
talking and listening and asking and loving your very 

Your own wife. 

And then you could always read James Dobson's, 
What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About 

5. She needs honor. 

Again the reference is I Peter 3:7: "Grant her 
honor as a fellow-heir of the grace of life." 

Usually it's what the bride promises the groom. 
But honor and respect as an individual of worth, de- 
signed by God, must also come from the man to the 

Let her go first. Value her ideas and time. Help her 
self-esteem. Seek her opinion. Keep your eyes on her. 

Buy her an honorable dress! 

I can't stop yet. 

The husband has his own needs, and the Bible lets 
us know what they are too: 

1. He needs submission. 

Marabel Morgan has some neat ideas about candles 
and nighties and stuff, but all the romance in the 
world is not going to meet your husband's deepest 
needs and turn him to you unless there is also honor. 

And it has to come first. "Submit" . . . "rever- 
ence!" . . . "obey" . . . those verbs are all there (Eph. 
5:24; Col. 3:18). 

They're put in a voice to say, "You submit your- 
self\" "Place yourself under your husband's head- 

It gives you a very special freedom and joy, 
especially when it helps him love and lead you the 
way Christ does the church! 

Submission is real. God thought of it. 

2. He needs respect. 

In Kittery, Maine, is an epitaph: 
We can but mourn his loss, 
Though wretched was his life. 
Death took him from the cross 
Erected by his wife. 
Maybe it was written on the tombstone by a man, 
but maybe not. Other women can tell when a wife 
respects or honors her husband. 

It is the attitude part of submission. 
Ephesians 5:33 and I Peter 3:1 command it. 
And your husband needs it. It puts fizz in his life! 
(Continued on page 22) 


•I Don't count on the marriage license to 
bring you joy— never stop the little acts of 
love and kindness and attention that made 
love grow in the first place. 

/ Schedule regular appointments together— 
sometimes called dates. Three's a crowd. 
So is four. 

•I Walk in the Spirit together. His ways are 
delightful. Use His Word and prayer, too. 

7 Have at least one ministry you do together 
at the church. 

•I Read at least one good book on marriage a 
year. Make that two. 

■J Pretend you're mountain-climbing, tied to- 
gether. Then don't shove the other guy. 

(Continued from page 21) 

3. He needs love. 

Actually most of the Biblical references emphasize 
the first two: submission and honor. 

Causing interpreters to say the writers just as- 
sumed the wives would know any decent woman 
would love her husband! 

I, being an interpreter too, don't think that's why. 

They just had their priorities straight. First, submit 
and respect; then love. 

Titus 2:5 is the reference. It's telling older women 
to teach younger women to love their husbands. 

Malachi (2:14) says the wife is the companion— 
"close friend"— of her covenant husband. That friend- 
ship closeness is helped by her love. Her concerned 

Her careful mood. 

Her giving soul. 

4. He needs spiritual femininity. 

I Peter 3: 

The source: her inner heart (3:2, 4). True beauty 
is not skin deep. 

The duration and quality: imperishable (3:4). No 
resignations accepted. 

The manner of this woman: gentleness, quietness 

The value to God: precious! (3:4). 

And it's also very valuable to the husband. 

So be a woman. Love it! 

Look like one. Talk as if it's so! 

If he wanted to live with a chain saw, he would 
have married one. 

5. He needs a homemaker. 

As much as any other, this one gets me into 
trouble with Barbara Walters. Barbara makes 
$1,000,000 a year— but still I would never marry her. 
(It's true, she never asked.) 

Again, the Bible: "Keepers at home" is the ex- 
pression (Titus 2:5; I Tim. 5:14). 

The "domestic helpmeet" is not the "home slave." 

But she does complete her husband as the mistress of 
the household. The executive vice president in charge 
of the glory of the home. 

It's not just because he makes a lousy bed— he 
might have that as an assignment anyway. But it's 
something in her nature and his. 

Some wives can care for this need of a man while 
still working outside the house. The lady in Proverbs 
31 had quite a real-estate agency! 

But whatever, the wife sprays a beautiful mood 
into the home by the way she makes it. 

There they are. Ten easy steps— five for each. 

All from God, because He knows best what a hus- 
band and a wife need. 

They need Him, and each other. And these are the 
ways to both. 

Help stamp out trouble in River City. 

Right here. 


7 Regular pulpit and lessons to teach God's 

y In prominent positions, only men and 

women who are meeting the needs of their 

y Workshops, study groups, and coffee dis- 
cussions on the home. 
y Counseling or referral service for help with 

/ United, joyful couples having pastoral 

ministries to youth and other families, and 

sharing their homes. 
/ Good dating, marriage, and sex literature 

and help offered. 







Johnstown, Pa. 



Sunnyside, Wash. I 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 
Columbus, Ohio 

(East Side) 
Peru, Ind. . 

Okeechobee, Fla. ^ 
Denver, Colo. 
Chambersburg, Pa. 
Camden, Ohio 
No one qualified 


rles Ashn 

Don Rough 
John Terrell 


Robert Ashman 

I I 

Marvin Lowery 

I 111 

Richard Sellers 

James Marshall 
Donald Weltmer 
Earl lummers 
Art Sprunger 

Ronald Carnavelli 
James O'Malley 

Gail Howie 

Nick Jacobs 
Steve Jackson 
Steve Rogers 
D. Stewart 

James Sanger 
Frank Brewster 

RECORD ATTENDANC&S-Cypress, Calif. -116; Minerva, Ohio-110; 
Peru, Ind. -186; NBrth Laulerdale, Fla.— 1 14; Covington, Ohio-87 

^Average attendance of all reporting 
Sunday Schools'-December 1975-157; 
December 1976-166 

* Growth index based on 161 report 

December ^975 


December 1*| 

average attend- 
average jktend- 
fhfs-1 ,443 per- 

osses ,o,a, r 
-North Lauder- 


56 churches registered increases totaling 
101 churches registered 

dale, Fla. 
Largest percentage increase— Chambers 

bujg, Pa, 
'The larger the number of sporting 
churches, the more accurately these figures 
writ represent the church growth picture a/ 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 
We urge the total support of the churches of 
the FGBC in this computer-evaluated 
church growth analysis which is provided 
free of charge to churches of the Fellowship 
by the Christian Education Department. 

I I 


This Symbol Says CE. 

It tells you who we are. 

We love GRACE— We wish just about everyone would go there. 
We love FMS— We work closely with them on TIME and Ac'cent. 
We love the HERALD— They're our landlords, so we have to be nice! 
We also wish you would use their literature. 
We love BHMC— Some of our best friends are home missionaries. 
We love BOARD OF EVANGELISM— They believe in church growth as much as we do. 

BUT WE ARE NOT THEM! We are on the same team though. 

Don't pity us. Just pray! (Say "CE," and God will know who you mean.) 

It's not funny (we want to be us!), and it's not tragic (we're all one 
big family anyway). 

But Ed Lewis often gets introduced as, "Ed Lewis here from Grace 

And offering meant for us may go to others. ("This ought you to have 
done, but not to leave the other undone.") 

We simply want to clarify. 

GBC Christian Education 
Hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth and church growth. 
Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
(219) 267-6622 

The Christian Education Department of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

Pastor Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries 
James Long, Publications Director 
Judy Ashman, Director of SMM 


The Handbook and Official Rules for NAC and Bible 
Quizzing is now available from GBC Christian Educa- 
tion at $1 each. This enlarged and updated handbook 
includes practical suggestions regarding NAC and 
Bible Quizzing in addition to the rules and regu- 
lations. Write GBC Christian Education, Box 365, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 



Are you receiving Ac'cent? Just $3 will bring it to 
your door for a year. Group subscriptions are avail- 
able at $1 per person, per year. Ac'cent is the young 
one. A magazine designed for high school youth with 
readers in junior high, high school and college. And 
there's no upper age limit. Think young. Subscribe. 
Write Ac'cent, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

FEBRUARY 1, 1977 




Reflections By Still Waters 


Charles W. Turner Editor 

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions! 

One of the most difficult tasks in 
life is to make decisions. This problem 
is no respecter of persons. From the 
early days of youth to the faltering 
hesitation of old age, we are all con- 
fronted with the matter of choice. I 
was reminded of this the other day 
while on a shopping trip. June and I 
were making the rounds in a shopping 
mall, which seems to be one of the 
important things in our lives. I assume 
it must be important, since we do it so 

Deciding on a pair of shoes, for in- 
stance, is very difficult. It is a matter 
of size first of ail, then of design, and 
finally the color. It seems the shoe 
manufacturer can always make a shoe 
that is the right color but the wrong 
style. Or they can get the right style 
with the wrong color. And when they 
get the color and the style just right 
they do not have it in the right size. So 
it goes. 

In the past, one of the problems in 
decision making always came at the ice 
cream shop. Deciding on whether to 
buy the nickel cone or the dime cone 
was always a big thing. A nickel cone 
was generally in agreement with my 
spartan nature. That way I got the ice 
cream and still had money left for a 
fling at the penny candy case. It seems 
the problem of a nickel or a dime cone 
is no longer a big issue. It is 32 cents 
for one dip and 59 cents for the other 
one which is a two-dipper. Well, on 
this day our shopping trip took us to 
the section of the mall where the 

cones could be purchased. Almost like 
a magnet I was drawn to the place. 

The prices brought me up short 
when I realized that a dollar bill was 
not going to buy each of us a two- 
dipper. As we begin the third century 
of our American history I realize we 
are in bad, bad trouble. The America I 
had known was fast fading from me. 
The price of the cone in the decision- 
making process was only one of the 
problems. June wanted a two-dipper, 
but my spartan nature kept me to a 
single dip. Results ... some small 
change from my dollar bill. But my 
power of making an accurate decision 
was now very sorely tried. There were 
36 flavors on the board before me, and 
I could see June had 2 opportunities in 
36 to be right and I had only one. Her 
choice was quick— a dip of licorice 
voodoo and being the inauguration 
time of a new president— a dip of 
White House cherry chocolate. 

Now for my choice of one dip . . . 
and a flood of childhood thoughts 
flashed through my mind. In the 
"olden days," as my son calls the past, 
the choice was limited to chocolate, 
strawberry, or the grandest of all 
flavors— vanilla. Pure white, American 
vanilla, how could one go wrong? How 
many times in the hour of decision I 
had chosen vanilla, but today I was 
brave— I took banana. How utterly ad- 
venturesome can one be? 

My little trips to the ice cream shop 
to decide on the size of the cone and 
the flavor are small in the light of the 
big issues of life itself. For we all know 

that we must make a hundred or even 
a thousand decisions a day. Some we 
make automatically because we have 
conditioned our reflexes to the situ- 
ation at hand. We have done it be- 
fore—the foot on the brake pedal 
when we see the taillights on the car in 
front of us light up. Other decisions 
are much more complex and are more 
than reflexes. It is taking all the issues 
and thoughts and drawing them to- 
gether, then making a choice. The end 
results may be minor if the issue to be 
decided is small. But the results may 
have lasting and significant conse- 
quences if the issue is of prime impor- 

Take for instance our attitude re- 
garding God and His future plans for 
us. I believe the Word of God teaches 
us great truths regarding the future. 
Where we intend to spend eternity is 
probably one of the greatest decisions 
each of us will ever make. A decision is 
necessary when people hear the truth, 
then say yes to Christ and accept Him 
as Saviour; or say no to Him and face 
eternity with sins unforgiven. This is a 
monumental decision, and all facts 
must be weighed and the person must 
focus attention on the consequences 
and eternal results. 

Man is so prone to spend time on 
things that have no lasting value or im- 
portance. Things are chosen that like a 
bubble— soon burst and vanish; while 
decisions are neglected that determine 
eternal future. How sad, how sad when 
such circumstances prevail. 


Cover Photo: 

Keith Heingartner (No. 30), 6'5" freshman from 

Pleasant Lake, Indiana, sinks two points for 

» the Grace College Lancers in a recent home 

game. Keeping a close eye on the shot is the 

A Church Mouse in Sunday School . . 4\ Lancers' hot-shooting 6'2" junior, Doug Noll, 

Sixteen Months Make a Full Year . . . 6\ from Berne, Indiana (No. 44). Lancer coach 

"New" Approach 8\ Pml Hoskins, named "Coach of the Year" 

How It Happened in Sacramento '. '. '. 10\ in both the Mid-Central Conference and 
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BMH News Summary 12\ Association District 3# is in his second 

Grace News Notes 14 \ year as head coach at Grace. 

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Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

What happens when a real live 
"church mouse" walking on two 
legs arrives at a Junior Sunday 
School? Answer, real excite- 
ment! At the home mission 
church in Bowling Green, Ohio, 
this really took place. 

The opening preliminaries 
moved along at a somewhat 
steady pace in the lower auditori- 
um of the church. There was an 
air of excitement and tenseness 
that seemed to electrify the 
room. Suddenly, there was a 
rustle, a shuffling of feet, and 
down the aisle came a live church 
mouse, as big as a man, tail and 
all. The kids . . . some screamed, 
others stood and clapped, and 
still others gasped in awe. He 
stopped along the aisle to greet 
some and pat them on the heads, 
to the absolute delight of the en- 
tire Junior Sunday School. 

The real purpose of this stunt, 
which occurs weekly, is to create 
enthusiasm and excitement in 
the Sunday School. To greet new 
visitors, inspire others to bring in 
visitors, to promote coming 
events, and to bring a short 

spiritual message to the kids. It 
really worked! Can you imagine 
the thrill of attending Sunday 
School and seeing a "real live 
church mouse!" No one else in 
town has that kind of an attrac- 

The idea was conceived by 
Pastor and Mrs. David Goodman. 
Mrs. Goodman made the cos- 
tume. Noel Calhoun, a former 

Bowling Green College student, 
became the "character" and the 
director of the Sunday School, 
Rick Petty, really made it a suc- 

The staff was concerned that 
in the effort they not convey a 
fictitious theme nor in any way 
allow levity to overcome the real 
message and purpose. Eventually, 
they revealed the name of the 

Pastor and Mrs. David Goodman 


person and found that it did not 
hinder but helped the cause. 

The Bowling Green Sunday 
School is to be congratulated for 
this innovation. Kids love excite- 
ment and are used to such "char- 
acters," if they have ever been to 
Disneyland or Disney World. The 
use of these innovations for 
spiritual motivation is legitimate 
and can be used successfully for 
periods of time. More and more 
we need to alert ourselves to new 
methods to make our Sunday 
Schools more attractive and to 
develop new means to articulate 
the glorious message of the Word 
to our kids. Congratulations, 
Dave— and to your fine staff on 
your efforts to reach a real mis- 
sion field. 

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"Teapot Savings" do not pay dividends 
for thieves "Teapot Savings" do not help the Lord's work 

Place Your Savings in the B.I.F. Where You Gain 5%% 

Interest, It's Safe, You'll Have Peace of Mind, 

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Jh& iBhsdhhm Qnu&dmwi Joundcdion 




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I was born in the small town of 
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, located in 
the beautiful Cumberland Valley in 
the southcentral part of the state. Just 
1 5 miles to the north is Chambersburg, 
the county seat and the largest town in 
Franklin County. The population is 
around 18,000 and various housing 
areas on the outskirts of the city are 
contributing to continual growth. 

Historic Gettysburg is nearby. The 
surrounding area is good farmland. 
Dairy farming accounts for a large part 
of the rural income. Various industries 
employ many of the city's working 
population, with Letterkenny Army 
Depot claiming a large percent of the 
workers. Peach and apple orchards are 
also a part of the area's heritage. 

Franklin, the Frontier County, is 
steeped in religious tradition. Many 
old churches are in Chambersburg and 
surrounding areas. Some date back 
hundreds of years. 

I never wanted to live in Chambers- 
burg. In fact, during my junior high 
and high school years I balked at such 
an idea. You see, as a young sports 
enthusiast, I could well remember the 
many encounters with teams from our 
neighboring town. To identify with 
the "enemy" would be no less than 

treason. A move of this nature could 
only be equaled in our day by asking 
Woody Hayes to leave the Buckeyes of 
Ohio State to become the head foot- 
ball coach of the University of Michi- 

Following high school graduation in 
1960, and four years as assistant cir- 
culation manager of my home-town 
newspaper, I left the Cumberland 
Valley to attend Grace College. The 
next nine years consisted of college, 
business, youth ministry, and travel. 
During that time I prayed often that if 
it be God's will, He would take me 
back again to my home area. I had a 
growing burden to minister to "my 
people." It was my desire to work 
with teenagers, but God had other 

In August of 1973 I did return to 
Waynesboro. I had just completed a 
ten-month ministry with GBC Chris- 
tian Education. I was now ready to re- 
turn to a local church ministry. But 
once again, the plan of God was con- 
trary to mine. For the next year and a 
half I was employed as a salesclerk in a 
men's clothing store. These were days 
of testing. I believe God used this 
period of time to see if I really was 
committed to Christian ministry. Once 
again, He used business to see if I 
could be lured from the ministry to 

which He had "called" me. 

I passed the test. In January of 
1975 I accepted the position of in- 
terim pastor at a church in Chambers- 
burg. That's right! A church ministry 
in the town where I said I would never 
live. It was during these months that 
the Lord gave me needed experience 
and confidence in pastoral leadership. 

Following these months of minis- 
try, three couples asked to know more 
about the Grace Brethren Church 
movement. In fact, one of the men, 
Mr. Gene Poe, attended national con- 
ference with me that summer in Wi- 
nona Lake. He was encouraged and 
enthusiastically encouraged me to 
found a Grace Brethren Church in the 
Chambersburg area. 

We brought our report back to the 
others. Ten of us (7 adults and 3 chil- 
dren) then gathered to prayerfully 
seek God's will concerning such an 
undertaking. Of these folk, I was the 
only one with any knowledge of the 
Brethren Home Missions program. 
These folk trusted my words. They 
liked what was said and wanted to 
identify with such a church fellowship. 

I was very cautious because I knew 
in part what it would take to found a 
mission church. I continued to ask the 
group for their reassurance. Each time 
they gave a positive response. My mind 
was working overtime. The past 12 
years flashed through my thoughts 


often. I remembered saying during my 
college years, "I'll never be a pastor!" 
And a few years later, "I'll never work 
with Brethren Home Missions!" 

Although I had committed my life 
to teenage ministry, I began to develop 
a pastor's heart. I loved teenagers, but 
I saw the growing need for a total 
family ministry, and for a church in 
which to minister. 

At this point I prayed often for the 
Lord's guidance, even for a call to any 
other church ministry if it were His 
will. Nothing! I really believed God 
had answered my prayer of many 
years as to returning to minister in my 
home area. But 1 wanted to be sure. 
Through prayerful seeking and patient 
waiting, He gave me the needed assur- 

Another thought came to mind. 
Can I love all ages as I did teens? In 
light of the ministry I had with teen- 
agers for the past ten years it was dif- 
ficult to answer. I had a specific rela- 
tionship as youth pastor (1970-72) 
with a great group of high schoolers at 
Fremont, Ohio. 

And finally, could I, a single man, 
serve properly as the pastor of a local 
church? This consideration was in re- 
action to many negative comments by 
people at various times. But praise and 
thanks to my Lord, He is continually 
caring for both of these areas. 

Since those August days, I continue 
to gain meaning and challenge from 
the Scripture verses— Proverbs 3:5-6. 

As the Lord was working in my life, 
He was also working in the lives of the 

others in our group and elsewhere. Our 
group began to meet on Wednesday 
evenings for Bible study, prayer, and 
fellowship. Others were slowly added 
to our number. On Sundays we at- 
tended services at my home church, 
the First Brethren Church of Waynes- 
boro. In September, our small group 
continued to attend the Waynesboro 
church for Sunday School and morn- 
ing worship, but began to meet on 
Sunday evenings in a home in the 
Chambersburg area. For the next two 
months our evening ministry grew to 
about 30 people. 

At this time, we realized the need 
to secure a building to begin a total 
church ministry. The Lord led us to 
the educational building of a vacant 
church. It was just what we needed. 

The first Sunday of December we 
opened the doors with a Sunday 
School, morning worship, and evening 
service. Thirty-two people shared that 
first morning with us, and some 50 
people helped us celebrate our first 
evening in our new meeting place. One 
year later, we registered the following 
attendances: Sunday School— 63; 
morning worship— 67; and evening 
service— 27. We just continue to thank 
the Lord for the growth we have ex- 
perienced, both spiritually and numeri- 

Our faithful people deserve much 
credit for what is happening here at 
Chambersburg GBC. They have been 
faithful in their attendance, support of 
me, and the total church ministry. 

Since those beginning days in 
August 1975, I have been on the job 
full time. Although I began without a 
salary, the church folk cared for this 
area as they were able. God also used 

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; 

and lean not unto thine own understanding. 

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct 

thy paths. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 

others to help in supplying my finan- 
cial needs. Later on salary increases 
were given me as our church grew. The 
people are to be commended for their: 
faithfulness to the Lord, the church, 
and their pastor. 

We have also appreciated various 
types of assistance from the Mid- 
Atlantic District Mission Board, some 
of our district churches, business 
people, and friends. The mission board 
of the district helped us at first with 
church building rent. Now they assist 
with the pastor's salary. God just 
worked in a special way through many 
different people in the months we 
have been together. 

On June 1, 1976, another blessing 
came our way. The Brethren Home 
Missions Council took us as one of 
their "family." They have been quite a 
help, giving much stability to our 
church. And I appreciate, so much, 
being on a full salary. 

We are now looking for the right 
tract of land for future building. We 
want to grow. We want to meet the 
spiritual needs of people in our com- 
munity and area. We are very fortu- 
nate to have an organization like the 
Council to guide us in this matter. 

Since the beginning I have pro- 
moted a "balanced life" philosophy 
(Luke 2:52). It is my desire to see a 
family-oriented church ministry. We 
want to see men assume leadership 
roles. We want to evangelize through 
discipleship. We want to have a posi- 
tive Christian testimony in our com- 

Most of our 33 members are in- 
volved. We are privileged to have so 
many willing workers. It is a joy to see 
people volunteer their services. 

It has been a full 16 months here at 
Chambersburg GBC. It seems as if it 
has all been crowded into our first 
year. To God be the glory, great things 
He is doing. 

FEBRUARY 15, 1977 

The staff of the Brethren 
Architectural Service, I to r: 
Dick Vander Meulen, Ray 
Clouse, Roy Gronning, Ralph 
Hall and Kathy Herman. 

Design - Build - the "New" Approach 

A building method which is cur- 
rently being hailed as the "new" ap- 
proach to lower costs by the construc- 
tion industry is called the "design- 
build" concept. The distinguishing 
characteristic is that one firm assumes 
the full responsibility for the project 
from the initial decision to build all 
the way through the planning, design, 
and construction phases. The objective 
is to reduce the man-hours of design 
and supervision and consequently re- 
duce the total project cost. 

With this method more of the deci- 
sions of selection of materials and de- 
sign of the building are often made by 
the general contractor rather than the 
architect. This can have both advan- 
tages and disadvantages. It may save 
time and money since the contractor 
will often use what materials are readi- 
ly available at the best price to him. 
However, it may result in a less desir- 
able finished building than if the deci- 
sion is based on what product will per- 
form best for the particular use in- 

The design-build concept is not 
"new" but has been used for many 
years. It has gained renewed popu- 
larity recently and is currently being 
advocated by building contractors be- 
cause of the economic advantages of 
selling their services to the church that 
wants to build and is especially cost 
conscious. With this approach the cost 
of architectural and design services is 

included; hidden in the building price 
quoted to the church so that they are 
not aware of what they are paying for 
this service. 

Neither is "design-build" a new 
concept to Brethren Building Minis- 
tries. This has been the method used 
for most of the building projects for 
the past 20 years, especially those 
built by the Brethren Construction 
Crews. The result has proved substan- 
tial savings in building costs as well as 
fine quality workmanship due largely 
to the dedicated efforts of these Chris- 
tian men who have committed their 
lives to this ministry for Christ. 

The design of buildings is per- 
formed by a staff of registered archi- 
tects and professional engineers in the 

Ralph C. Hall 
Secretary of Building Ministries 

office at Winona Lake, Indiana. The 
design work is supervised by Ralph C. 
Hall, A.I. A., P.E., who is registered 
both as an architect and as a profes- 
sional engineer in most states where 
services have been rendered for Breth- 
ren churches. To date 76 completed 
buildings have been designed for Breth- 
ren churches and organizations, and 22 
buildings for other evangelical 
churches. Partial consulting services 
have been performed for 48 other 
Brethren churches. Such wide experi- 
ence is a definite advantage for using 
this design service. Frequent com- 
ments from congregations indicate 
how pleased they are with the com- 

pleted building and especially that it 
"looks like a church." 

A major factor in lower building 
costs is the design of the building. The 
efficient utilization of space, arrange- 
ment of the building, and selection of 
materials has much to do with the 
final cost. Every effort is made to de- 
sign for economy of first cost as well 
as low operating and maintenance 
cost. The latest energy saving concepts 
are used reducing heating and utility 
costs as much as possible. The goal of 
lowest life-cycle cost is carefully con- 

The actual construction of the 
building is handled by one of the 
Brethren Construction Crews. These 
crews are composed of one or more 
families who move to the project site 
and perform the services of a construc- 
tion manager or general contractor. 
These men are skilled construction 
managers or tradesmen such as car- 
penters, plumbers, or electricians who 
have dedicated their lives to the Lord 
and their talents to building Brethren 
churches. They serve on a missionary 
salary basis often contributing many 
hours of labor without charge to the 
local church. 

Recent studies have indicated that 
the best method, resulting in the great- 
est savings, is to use one or at most 
two families on a construction man- 
agement basis. This method involves 
subcontracting major portions of the 
work to local tradesmen, while at the 
same time utilizing available volunteer 
labor from the local congregation for 
portions of the work which the church 
can do. The Brethren Construction 
Crew acts to coordinate and manage 
the work of everyone involved. 

The greatest cost savings results 

from careful and experienced shopping 
for prices for the various portions of 
the work to secure the lowest possible 
price. The savings resulting from care- 
ful buying of materials and services are 
far greater than the actual labor sav- 
ings resulting from labor expended by 
crew members. 

This construction management 
method currently being used by Breth- 
ren Building Ministries realizes savings 
in several ways. By careful shopping 
for subcontract bids the lowest price is 
secured from local sources for materi- 
als and labor. A smaller crew mini- 
mizes the moving expenses between 
jobs. By using more subcontractors the 
work can be expedited faster, shorten- 
ing the construction period, resulting 
in savings in interest and other over- 
head costs to say nothing of sparing 
the church the agony of a lengthy and 
difficult construction period. 

Brethren Building Ministries is pre- 
pared to serve any church with a com- 
plete design-build program that will re- 
sult in the greatest overall economy 
possible in addition to a well-designed 
functional building that will enable the 
local church to accommodate and de- 
velop their program efficiently to 
reach their community for Christ. 

The full range of services also in- 
cludes financial counseling to guide 
the local church. Accurate cost esti- 
mates advise the church what building 
as well as total project costs to expect. 
Also where help is needed in preparing 
financial presentations to lending in- 
stitutions this service is available. The 
staff is prepared and capable of assist- 
ing the local church step by step from 
the moment a need for more building 
is realized until that need is met with a 
completed functioning facility. 

How It 

Happened in Sacramento 

Pastor Richard Cron 

Praise the Lord, Sacramento is self- 
supporting! How did it ever happen? 
The whole story cannot be written. 
It's too intricate, too detailed. But it's 
not simple. 

It is also insufficient just to say 
"the Lord did it." That would be to 
say that the churches which are not 
self-supporting don't have the same 
Lord, or that their people are not as 
close to God. It is too simplistic. 

Allow me to begin this article with 
a tribute to two people who made 
great sacrifice in the early days. Some 
of you have had the privilege of know- 
ing Conard Sandy and his wife, Fern. I 
have been privileged to meet and speak 
with Fern. I've known Conard only by 
proxy, thumbing through the books he 
once held in his hands. The present 
Sacramento church is, to a large ex- 
tent, a credit to the sacrifices of these 
pioneers who came to Sacramento in 
the late 50s. Meeting in homes, secur- 
ing incorporation, organizing and 
bringing together a group of Brethren 
in Sacramento . . . these are some of 
the early works. Fern faithfully played 
the piano, sometimes to empty pews. 
Conard prepared long and preached to 
a handful. These are the first works. 
Without a pioneer spirit, which may 
mean a commitment of five or even 
ten years of "staying with the stuff," 
it is unlikely that any church could go 

Continuing leadership is another 
vital factor in answering our question, 
"How did it ever happen?" I refer to 

both pastoral and lay leadership. Folks 
in our fellowship like the Zooks, the 
George Ehrhardts, the Carl Shoops, 
the Ron Harters, the Quinn Taylors 
and others did not shrink from diffi- 
cult assignments. They considered 
home location and even employment 
as secondary to the sustenance of a 
stable local church. They are the back- 
bone of this self-supporting local 

The third part of the answer to our 
question comes from a different quar- 
ter. It is you who have helped us to be 
self-supporting. I'm speaking of the 
Brethren Home Missions Council, of 
course! They simply represent you. 
They are the men and women with ex- 
pertise on the practical subject of 
church growth. It is their wise guid- 

ance through the various stages of 
church development, their encourage- 
ment to a weary pastor and people at 
just the right time, and their reservoir 
of experience made available which 
has made the difference. They have 
been of immeasurable help. It has been 
the support of thousands of dollars in 
pastoral support that has made the 
solvency of the local church possible. 
The fourth answer to our question, 
"How did it ever happen?" is found in 
long-range planning and vision and the 
willingness to commit to God's care 
those unknowns of the future. In 
other words, it took confidence that 
He is in this business and that He 
would help us. If we would venture 
into the future facing things like infla- 
tion, families that relocate, unforeseen 


expenses, sickness and a host of other 
real and unforeseen problems, God 
would supply. 

(By the way, that spirit still prevails 
as the advisory board and church body 
voted their pastor a $1,500 raise for 
1977. Even if it doesn't materialize, 
we deeply appreciate their willingness 
to trust God for the "impossible" 
without pledges and other means of 
outward assurance.) 

The fifth part of the answer to our 
question comes directly from the ex- 
ample of Scripture! It took a continual 
emphasis on personal evangelism of 
adults. We know others who hope to 
reach the parents through their chil- 
dren and we don't criticize them. We 
chose for God's plan in Sacramento to 
reach the children through the parents. 
I have just come from a service in 
which five adults have publicly con- 
fessed their faith in Jesus Christ and 
one young person was won to Christ 
after the service. These folks will be 
brought into the discipleship program 
of the church and matured in the faith 
with their children at their sides. 

At this writing we are discipling at 
least 10 new converts: the owner of a 
motorcycle distributing business and 
his wife; a public school teacher 
(biology); a gardener and his wife; a 
secretary; a student nurse; a college 
student; three teenage girls; a graduate 
biologist; and a junior high teenager. 
These people are attending the church 
and growing. Without unceasing effort 
at evangelism and discipleship led by 
the example of the pastor, a church 
could scarcely become self-supporting. 

The sixth and final answer to the 
question, "How did Sacramento ever 
become a self-supporting church?" is 
prayer! I abhor the idea that prayer is 
something we add tongue in cheek, 
like tipping our hat to God while we 
depend on ourselves. We've prayed 
fervently, you've prayed fervently and 
God has heard and answered positively 
in a multitude of situations and crises. 
There is no glory to anyone but Him 
in this article. I will boast and glory in 
His grace and glory to this local 

News Summary 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association u^B> 

• A snapshot of Noah building the Ark? No, just a pic- 
ture of Rev. William Schaffer, sporting his white beard 
while he works as a volunteer laborer in building the 
Grace Brethren Church at Troutdale, Oreg. When in the 
East recently, he was asked to be "Father Time" at a 
New Year's watch service which was held at the Lehigh 
Valley Grace Brethren Church in Bethlehem, Pa. Seems 
as though those "golden seventies" haven't slowed up 
William Schaffer! 

• Sunday School superintendents and secretaries are in- 
vited to consider the new plan being offered by the 
Herald Co. for Sunday School orders. Last quarter, 55 
churches saved money on postage by enclosing their 
check with the order. This enables the savings in billing 
and record-keeping costs to be passed along to the cus- 
tomer in the form of postage-free shipments. You can 
save your Sunday School a considerable amount of 
money over a year's time by using this new plan. Com- 
plete details have been sent to all churches. 

•The Doyle Millers (Jewish Missions in Los Angeles) tell 
of their work being threatened by anti-Christian groups. 
Pray for their safety and the ministry to the Jewish 

•The "Keenagers" ... is a newly organized group at the 
Riverside Grace Brethren (Johnstown, Pa.). They meet 
every Tues. at 10:30 a.m. and enjoy something special 
each week including a nice luncheon. Oh, yes, and who 
are these "Keenagers"?— the senior citizens— age 60 and 

• Growth makes problems, but the Huber Heights con- 
gregation (Dayton, Ohio) is hoping to solve their present 
space problem (pending construction of a new sanctu- 
ary) by scheduling two morning worship services. 

• "One layman did a thoughtful thing; he called up one 
of our (Wooster, Ohio) shut-ins and said: 'I'll be there at 
12:00 with a boxed dinner for the two of us.' (And he 
picked up the meals at Col. Sanders— Tues. special at 
that!) Remember the shut-ins, visit them, send cards. 
Winter days are long." 

• A Bible class is being conducted by Rev. Ray Feather 
(assoc. pastor at Fremont GBC) on Monday nights at the 
Jim Harzlers, 1150 Cremean Rd., Elida, Ohio. This is 
near Lima, Ohio. The Dan Herwigs from Mansfield are 
living in Lima and are enthusiastically helping in the 

• In the Jan. 1 issue of the Herald it was incorrectly 
stated that Rev. Michael Morris, pastor at the Los Altos 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif., "had been Minister 
of Family Services at the Brethren Church, Seal Beach, 
Calif." Correctly stated, he served for approximately 7 
years on the staff of the North Long Beach Brethren 

• Annual changes: Arthur Collins, 304 E. Ross St., Dan- 
ville, Ohio 43014. John Diaz, 5713 Clearview Dr., Or- 
lando, Fla. 32805 (Tel. 305/859-5521). Fred Devan, 
2507 Vancouver Dr., N.W., Roanoke, Va. 24012. 

• After a year and a half of legal entanglements and un- 
certainty, Jim and Harriet Long of Winona Lake, Ind., 
are excited to announce their adoption of 4V2-year-old 
Schaun Matthew Long. Schaun was one of the last chil- 
dren to be adopted in 1976— December 31, in fact. 
Thanks to so many of the Brethren who prayed (see 
"Motherhood and Monopoly: Where Will I Land?" in 
the May 1, 1976, Herald). Jim is the publications direc- 
tor at GBC Christian Education. 

• Nairobi, Kenya (EP)-More than 50,000 people 
gathered at a rally in Nairobi's Uhuru Park on the 13th 
anniversary of Kenya's independence to hear Evangelist 
Billy Graham in a meeting sponsored by the Pan African 
Christian Leadership Assembly. 

One hour after the meeting closed rains pelted the 
crowd, but not until hundreds in colorful dress had 
walked forward to place their faith in Jesus Christ as 

Among them was a 1 6-year-old boy who had hitch- 
hiked from Mt. Kenya. He had read about the meetings 
and said, "I want to live torever." 

• Allentown, Pa. Rev. William Schaffer conducted the 
funeral services for his sister, Mrs. Helen Flowers, 83, at 
the Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church on Dec. 20, 
1976. Rev. Ron Guiles, pastor, assisted in the service. 



• Princeton, NJ (EP)-By means of national scientific 
surveys the Gallup Poll is seeking to find the degree of 
religious experience by which Americans feel "union 
with a Divine Being." 

Gallup polsters say their findings indicate at present 
as many as 3 in 10 adults (31 percent) nationally have 
had such an experience at some point in their lives. The 
release said also that most are able to recreate details of 
the experience— even the exact date of the occurrence. 

The poll takers said the percentage of 31 percent 
would be much higher if the question had been designed 
to include religious experiences of general nature as well. 

•ICL at GBC, Ashland in April. Ashland, Ohio, Grace 
Brethren Church will again host an ICL Seminar. Date: 
Apr. 21-23. Write or phone the Ashland church for de- 
tails. The International Center for Learning seminars are 
giving good help in the crucial area of teacher training. 



There is available a lovely, completely furnished, 
two bedroom apartment in the center of Waikiki 
from December 1, 1976, to July 15, 1977, to 
those folks who are willing to make a gift to the 
building fund of the Waimalu Grace Brethren 
Church. They have purchased property, will you 
help them build? 

Write immediately for your choice of dates (give 
1st and 2nd choices) and additional information. 

Mrs. C. L. Coffman 

98-404 Ponohale St. 

Aiea, Hawaii 96701 
(Telephone: 808/488-6006) 

In Memory: 

Noticesin this coIl 

ust be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

BEAM, William, 84, Dec. 14, 1976, former member and 
deacon in the First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa., 
and presently a member of First Brethren Church, Win- 
chester, Va. Rev. Paul Dick, assisted by Rev. Don 
Rough, conducted the memorial service. 

McCALL, Chester, 89, Jan. 3, a faithful member of 
North Long Beach Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
The memorial service was conducted by Pastor David 
Miller, Rev. Robert Thompson and Dr. Paul Bauman. 
Chester will be remembered as a faithful layman serving 
on the Board of the Brethren Home Missions Council for 
21 years and as treasurer for 18 of those years. 

ORCURTO, Paul, 73, Nov. 15, 1976, a charter member 

of Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church, Bethlehem, Pa. 

Ronald Guiles, pastor. 

RITCHEY, Robert, Sr., 53, Nov. 24, member of Grace 

Brethren Church, Hopewell, Pa. Pastor Mark Rhodes, 

assisted by Rev. Sheldon Snyder, conducted the funeral 


SHROYER, Mabel, a member of Leamersville Grace 

Brethren Church, Duncansville, Pa., went home to be 

with the Lord on Oct. 5, 1976. John Gregory, pastor. 

A six-month's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald is given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

Terri Foor and Robert Boring, Oct. 16, 1976, Leamers- 
ville Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, Pa. 
Jeri Metzger and Frank Morley, Jr., Oct. 16, 1976, at the 
Southview Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 
Ruthann Leadham and Ted Moorewood, Nov. 20, 1976, 
Norwalk Brethren Church, Norwalk, Calif. 
Brenda Francis and William Sanderson, Dec. 12, 1976, 
Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church, Bethlehem, Pa. 
Beth Brock and Robert Smith, Dec. 18, 1976, Grace 
Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
Annette Miller and Harry Horner, Dec. 18, 1976, Geis- 
town Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

Nancy Ramsey and David Kennedy, Dec. 22, 1976, 
Grace Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio. Father of the 
groom, Rev. James Kennedy, was assisted in the cere- 
mony by Rev. Richard Grant. 




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• Pastor Richard E. Bell was ordained to the Christian 
ministry on Nov. 14, 1976, at the North Kokomo Grace 
Brethren Church, Kokomo, Ind. Pastor Bell, a graduate 
of both Grace College and Seminary, is currently in his 
third year of ministry at the North Kokomo Grace 
Brethren Church. 

Rev. Earle Peer, Berne, Ind., presided at the service. 
Rev. Ralph C. Hall, Winona Lake, Ind., father-in-law of 
Pastor Bell, delivered the ordination message. Other 
elders participating were Rev. Larry Gegner, Rev. James 
Marshall, Rev. Rollin Sandy, Rev. Harold Arrington, and 
Rev. Michael Rockafellow. 


Radford, Va. (Fairlawn); Feb. 20-25; Roy Glass, pastor; 
Becker Evangelistic Team. 

Richmond, Va.; Feb. 27; Ron Thompson, pastor; Herman 
Hein, speaker. 

Anderson, S.C.; Mar. 6-13; Marion Thomas, pastor; Her- 
man Hein, speaker. 

Roanoke, Va. (Washington Heights); Mai. 6-13; Fred De- 
van, pastor; Becker Evangelistic Team. 

FEBRUARY 15, 1977 

The faculty of Grace College recently ap- 
proved a new Music Management major in the 
college. An interdisciplinary major consisting of 
21 hours of business, 20 hours of music, 6 hours 
of journalism, 1 3 hours of electives, and 3 hours 
of internship. The program is designed for those 
intending a career in talent management, profes- 
sional performance, or the operation of such en- 
terprises as a music store, teaching studio, or 
recording studio. Further details are available 
from the registrar's office. 

With the building of the Science Center on 
the Grace campus well under way, attention is 
now turning to the next major project, the Fine 
Arts Center. The Fine Arts Building Planning 
Committee recently authorized Ralph Hall of 
the Brethren Architectural Service to proceed 
with preliminary drawings for the new facility. 

Among the speakers confirmed for the college 
chapel for 1977 are Brethren pastors: Dean 
Walter, Jerry Young, and Luke Kauffman. Dr. 
Douglas Culver of Wheaton, Illinois, and Rev. 
Robert F. Andrews (speaker for the "Light and 
Life Hour" radio broadcast) will also be speak- 
ing. Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter will be one of the 
speakers for the 1978 Grace Bible cnference. 

As a memorial to the late Dr. Lloyd Fish, 

professor of psychology in the college, a memo- 
rial project in the amount of $1,500 is being 
established for the new Grace Science Center. 
Contributions for the Fish memorial may be for- 
warded directly to the school or be channeled 
through local churches. 

A recent financial report showed that total 
giving to Grace Schools was up some $12,000 
over the previous year. Among the special gifts 

recently received was a stenorette for the regis- 
trar's office, a gift from the Iowa District WMC. 

In addition to the musical, drama and athletic 
groups which regularly tour on behalf of Grace 
Schools, it was recently announced that the 
women's varsity Softball team will tour this 
spring, as well. The Lancerettes will be touring 
Florida during the dates of April 1-10, 1977. 

A number of Grace faculty members partici- 
pated this past December 11 in representing the 
schools among churches in Ohio and Indiana. A 
good reception was reported, with increasing in- 
terest in the ministry of Grace Schools. Faculty 
members participating included Stephen Grill, 
Bill Katip, Arnold Kriegbaum, Ron Henry, Lee 
Jenkins, Stephen Dearborn, Edgar Lovelady, 
Donald Fowler, Mervin Ziegler, Kenneth Taylor, 
and Dan Snively. A similar day of ministry and 
representation is planned for the spring. 

As a result of playing for the Christmas party 
for the First National Bank of Warsaw, Indiana, 
the Dimensions in Brass, directed by Jerry 
Franks, has been invited to cut a special record 
album for the bank's 40th anniversary, which 
will be celebrated in 1977. The bank will fund 
the album costs. 

The newly formed Grace College Parent's As- 
sociation sponsored a project to provide fresh 
fruit for college students during exams at the 
conclusion of the fall semester. The much appre- 
ciated fruit was distributed in the college dining 
commons under a sign saying: "Compliments of 
the Grace College Parent's Association— We're 
Praying for You!" Alumni coordinator Gerald 
Twombly is the coordinator of the parent's 


Four Grace Professors Speak Out on . . 

Authority Versus Inquiry 
in Education 

Earlier this school year, the Grace College faculty participated in a symposium and discussion on the 
question of "authority versus inquiry" in education. These four brief articles, excerpted from that sympo- 
sium, give the thoughts of four faculty members on how the educational process should occur at Grace. 
Participating are Dr. Charles R. Smith, professor of theology, New Testament and Greek in the seminary; 
Dr. Vance A. Yoder, academic dean and associate professor of music in the college; Dr. Richard A. Dilling, 
associate professor of mathematics and science education in the college; and Prof. Lee W. Hahnlen, part- 
time instructor in philosophy in the college. 

DR. SMITH: In a Christian educa- 
tional institution there should be no 
conflict between a commitment to the 
authority of Scripture and a spirit of 
inquiry. It is true that at Grace 
Schools we are presuppositionalists— 
that is, we do accept certain presup- 
positions as foundational for all our 
convictions and practices. We assume, 
for example, that God exists and that 
He has revealed Himself through the 
Scriptures. Non-Christians, too, have 
their own basic presuppositions. 

The fact that we have presupposi- 
tions, however, does not mean that 
our teaching methodology should in- 
volve a mere dictation of the subject 
matter. Though this is a valid starting 
point, a complete education, whether 
in secular matters or in doctrinal mat- 
ters, requires far more than this. Ac- 
cording to the Scriptures, only our 
Lord and His divinely authenticated 
messengers— Old Testament prophets 
and New Testament apostles— are to be 
accepted as absolutely authoritative. 
The teaching of all others is to be care- 
fully evaluated. 

The apostle John expressly charged 
the early Christians: "Believe not 
every spirit . . ." (I John 4:1). The ob- 
vious point of I John 2:27 is that we 
are not to allow ourselves to be misled 
by any teacher. Even during the period 
of New Testament revelation the utter- 
ances of the "prophets" were to be 
"judged," or carefully evaluated— not 
merely accepted (I Cor. 14:29). 

On weekends I often have the privi- 
lege of ministering to individuals with- 

in cultic groups. Even a casual observer 
may quickly note that too often such 
individuals are unwilling to interact 
with or to carefully evaluate any data 
which does not agree with their pre- 
suppositions. As evangelical, dispensa- 
tionalist Brethren we, too, are a 
minority group; and sometimes the 
cultic complex may prevent us from 
an open evaluation and interaction. 

From an educational and Biblical 
standpoint, it would seem that we as 
teachers (and preachers) have a respon- 
sibility, afrer dispensing the basic data, 
to challenge our students to interact 
and to evaluate our conclusions. A 
part of our responsibility also is to 
channel such inquiry so that it does 
not become merely critical and re- 
actionary in spirit. As Christians we 
should be thoroughly convinced that 
our basic presuppositions are able to 
stand the deepest scrutiny and with- 
stand any challenge. Such teaching 
may occasionally result in a revelation 
of our own fallibility but should also 
result in our growth in grace and 
knowledge (II Peter 3:16). 

DR. YODER: It is alleged by some 
semanticists that too many of us live 
in a world of two-valued orientation. 
We tend to limit our thinking to 
either/or situations, when in many 
cases the alternatives are much broad- 
er. When we sit down to eat chicken, 
for example, we ask the question: "Do 
you like the white meat or the dark 
meat?" when actually there may be 
some people who do not like chicken 
at all and others who like both the 
dark and the white meat. 

Certainly in the realm of Biblical 
truth there is much that can be said to 
be of two-valued orientation. The 
Word of God classifies people into be- 
I levers and nonbelivers, sheep and 
goats, ". . . those who are not for Me 
are against Me," and so forth. 

In some realms, however, the pos- 
sibilities are much more than merely 
twofold. Especially is this true in 
many of the arts and in the study of 
human behavior where the scientific 
method with its emphasis on scrutiny 
under the microscope or under the test 
tube simply does not apply. It is often 

The student needs to be given some freedom t 
to use and develop his creativity but at the 
same time be guided to the degree necessary to 
avoid frustration. 

FEBRUARY 15, 1977 

to our good and to our advantage to 
look at a subject from a number of 
different perspectives. 

In addition to the need to learn cer- 
tain facts and content material, there 
is a place for the sound judgment of an 
individual who is discerning and can 
analyze, synthesize, and evaluate in an 
astute and perceptive manner. Surely 
at Grace College we want students and 
faculty who are content-oriented and 
knowledgeable in their subject matter 
field, and at the same time, are dis- 
cerning and able to make perceptive 
judgments and analyses through 
proper inquiry. 

DR. DILLING: Let us look at some of 
the major learning theories being used 
today. Guilford and Bloom have 
looked at cognitive activity and see an 
ascending scale from low level to high 
level mental involvement. The low 
level activities are knowledge or 
memory and comprehension; to move 
higher one must analyze and synthe- 
size; and at the top of the scale is 
evaluation. Authoritarian, informa- 
tion-giving teaching aims mainly at the 

lower levels of cognitive activity, 
whereas inquiry requires the student 
to do more analyzing, synthesizing and 

David Ausubel would advocate lec- 
turing as the best way to bring about 
meaningful learning. He says that the 
important thing is to prepare the learn- 
er with the proper subconcepts to be 
able to grasp the concept we are pre- 
senting. Closely related to this concept 
is Gagne's theory that there is a hier- 
archy of steps leading to a concept and 
that a learner must be taken through 
this series of steps in the proper order 
if he is to master that concept. 

Piaget would carry this one step 
further and emphasize the necessity of 
the learner's involvement in the in- 
quiry process. He insists that the learn- 
er must be actively involved with 
physical, concrete materials in this in- 
quiry process if proper intellectual de- 
velopment is to result. 

The question comes down to 
whether we want to pass on informa- 
tion, or whether we want to see our 
students develop intellectually to 
where they can think for themselves. 
Without a doubt, intellectual develop- 
ment requires active inquiry in,to the 
concepts involved. Admittedly, we 
must make a sacrifice to get this kind 
of mental growth. We must provide 
time for the students to go through 
this inquiry process and, therefore, we 
may not be able to present as much 
information as we do in a more au- 
thoritarian type presentation. 

As I see it, the teacher's responsi- 
bility is to have thought through the 
hierarchy of steps necessary to get to a 
given concept and then provide ma- 
terials whereby he can guide the stu- 
dent through the proper sequence of 
inquiries. The student needs to be 
given some freedom to use and de- 
velop his creativity but at the same 
time be guided to the degree necessary 
to avoid frustration. 

Some very challenging research 
with college and university freshmen 
has shown that over half of them are 
still functioning intellectually at the 
concrete level as described by Piaget. 
This means that they are not capable 
of functioning with abstract concepts 
which are a vital part of any college 

Why is this happening? It would ap- 
pear that this stems from their second- 
ary school education which did not 
provide the proper inquiry-oriented 
activities necessary to make the transi- 

tion. Therefore we must supply these 
opportunities to make up for their dif 

Why aren't the secondary teacher 
providing these inquiry-oriented activi 
ties? I think it is because they arc 
teaching the way they were taught ir 
college and, therefore, we are reapinj 
the results of our emphasis on authori 
tarian information giving. We mus 
demonstrate in our teaching the kinc 
of teaching we want them to do. 

PROF. HAHNLEN: One of the centra 
concerns of the "modern" period 01 
philosophy involves the issue of au 
thority. During the medieval period 
two major institutions had establishec 
themselves as the ultimate arbiters ol 
truth. The Roman Church controllec 
the souls and social life of medieva 
men, while the intellectual life of thf 
theologians and philosophers was de- 
termined by the schools. Ecclesiasti 
cism and Scholasticism reigned su- 
preme. By the end of the fifteentr 
century and beginning of the sixteenth 
century, these institutions had come 
under fire. Scholasticism had lost 
touch with the real world and had be- 
come a dry, abstract, wearisome 
method for theologizing and philoso- 
phizing along rigidly prescribed lines. 
The Roman Church had become in- 
fested, from Pope to priest, with im- 
morality and superstition; leechlike it 
sucked the life out of the very society 
it had previously ordered. 

The Reformation seemed to answer 
the needs of the time by insisting that 
authority ultimately rests in the Scrip- 
ture alone. However, this movement 
all too quickly became hardened into 
its own rigid and often lifeless sectari- 
anism, and the authority of Scripture 
was once again reduced to authoritari- 

The aim of "modern" philosophy 
was to change all this. It began by 


overthrowing the old authorities and 
starting the intellectual task anew, 
without any appeal to authority; at 
least this is what the modern philoso- 
phers thought they were doing. Mod- 
ern philosophy is divided into two 
main movements. First came Rational- 
ism, with its mathematical model and 
its insistence on doing philosophy by 
the deductive method. Second came 
Empiricism, which insisted on the 
priority of the senses as the source for 
knowledge and which insisted on an 
inductive method for doing philoso- 

It is important to note that they 
did not do away with all authority as 
was their aim; they simply exchanged 
authorities. Authority became individ- 
ual, that is, "thinking man" or "sens- 
ing man," rather than collective, that 
is, Ecclesiastic and Scholastic. 

The situation remains much the 
same today; men claim neutrality on 
the issue of authority but deceive 
themselves in doing so. The legacy of 
modern philosophy is apparent in con- 

temporary educational theories which 
insist that teachers must not authori- 
tatively impose their own value sys- 
tems on their young charges; children 
should be permitted to find values 
which suit their own life styles. 

In an institution which is confessed- 
ly Christian, God's authority must be 
acknowledged. But we must not allow 
ourselves to become bogged down in 
the coldly rigid authoritarianism which 
marked the past. I would like to sug- 
gest that Christian educators might 
avoid this authoritarianism by being 1) 
liberal, 2) critical, and 3) radical. 

A liberal person is a free person. A 
Christian is free from sin and now 
serves God; he has been "renewed in 
knowledge after the image of him that 
created him" (Col. 3:10). A Christian 
has no fear of the "liberal" arts, know- 
ing that every area of human endeavor 
is to be made subject to the rule of 

Second, to be critical does not 
necessarily mean that one is negatively 
unfavorable. The Bereans were being 
critical when they "searched the scrip- 
tures daily, whether those things were 
so" (Acts 17:11). They exercised care- 
ful judgment by searching the Old 
Testament to determine the accuracy 

of Paul's teaching. Judgment which 
demands precision and accuracy is the 
hallmark of a critical Christian scholar. 

Finally, a Christian education 
should be "radical," in the sense of the 
original meaning of the word— that 
Christians must get to the "root" of 
things. "Radical" comes from the 
same word as "radish," or "root." 
Christians must test all truth claims, all 
methodologies, all the academic disci- 
plines in terms of the primary claims 
of Revelation. A properly "radical" 
person, in a word, is interested in 
fundamentals. A Christian is a "radish 
hunter"; he hunts for roots. 

In summary, a self-conscious aware- 
ness of the authoritative claims of 
Revelation and a liberal, critical, and 
radical spirit (as we have defined 
them) will enable the Christian educa- 
tor to communicate truth without the 
encumbrance of authoritarianism. 

In response to requests, Living Memorials may be given "In Honor of 
Living Ones and Friends" on such occasions as births, birthdays, anniversa- 
ries, weddings or other special events; as well as, "In Memory of a Departed^ 
Loved One or Friend." An appropriate card will be sent without revealing thjfi 
amount of the gift. 

Following are the Living Memorials received during December 1976 

In Memory of : 

Marvin D. Meeker 
Dr. Lloyd E. Fish 

Shigekiyo Okabayashi 
Dr. Alva J. McClain 
Rev. Archie Lynn 

Floyd S. Wood 

Mrs. Amanda Brumbaugh 

Ronald Hammers 

Maurice Hearn 
R. Clyde Hoppes 
Ida Stouffer 

George Wilson 

Hobart Creighton 

FEBRUARY 15, 1977 



Given by : 

Mrs. Mabel Rhoades & family 

Dr. & Mrs. Richard Alderfer 

Dr. & Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton 

Rev. & Mrs. Thomas E. Hammers 

Mr. & Mrs. Alan Fish 

Rev. & Mrs. Donald E. Ogden 

Rev. & Mrs. Earle E. Peer 

Rev. & Mrs. Clifford Coffman 

Mrs. Alva J. McClain 

Rev. & Mrs. Thomas E. Hammers 

Rev. & Mrs. James D. Hammer 

S.E. District Brethren Ministers 

Rev. & Mrs. Clifford L. Coffman 

Mr. & Mrs. Merle Brown 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Hammers 

Rev. & Mrs. James D. Hammer 

Rev. & Mrs. Thomas E. Hammers 
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph W. Offner 
Mr. & Mrs. R. Clyde Hoppes 
Grace Brethren Church, 

Glendale, Calif. 
Grace Brethren Church, 

Glendale, Calif. 
Rev. & Mrs. Richard G. Messner, Lake City Bank (Warsaw, Ind.), Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Knepper, Dr. W. J. Zehr, 
Owen's Super Markets (Warsaw, Ind.), Mr. & Mrs. Vere F. Cochran, Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Busselburg, Mr. & 
Mrs. Kyle Gibson, Mr. & Mrs. Wallace Anglin, Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Miner, Miss Inez Feldman, Mr. Lowell White, 
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Hoffer, Mr. & Mrs. Vern Morts, Mr. & Mrs. John Hoffer, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Shearer, First 
National Bank (Warsaw, Ind.), Mr. & Mrs. Robert Swanson, Mrs. Doyle Swanson, Floyd & Jo Blackwell, Mr. 
& Mrs. Eugene Foresman, Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Plummer, Mr. & Mrs. Bob Miner, Mr. & Mrs. Elery Nellans, Mr. 
& Mrs. Dan Anglin, Mrs. Delta Whetstone, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Cain, Mr. & Mrs. Steve Sponseller, Mr. Merl 
Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Gene Weirick, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stokes, Mr. & Mrs. Karen Clark 


In Honor of Living Parents : 

Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Moine 

Given by : 

Dr. & Mrs. R. Douglas Cassel 

Grace Schools Editor's Note: This photo essay 
on Proverbs 3 1 was part of a final project in a 
Beginning Photography course at Grace College 
under Professor Terry White. Miss Clinton, a 
junior art major in the college, is a member of 
the First (Grace) Brethren Church of Grafton, 
West Virginia, Rev. Paul L. Mohler, pastor. 

-Photos by Kathryn Clinton 

Who can find a virtuous woman? 

Proverbs 31 

She will do him good 

and not evil all the 

days of her life. 


The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, 
so that he shall have no need of spoil. 

She seeketh wool, and flax and, 
worketh willingly with her hands. 

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; 

Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 

She looketh well to the ways of her household, 
and eateth not the bread of idleness. 

She is not afraid 
of the snow for 
her household: 
For all her 
household are 
clothed in scarlet. 

Favour is deceitful, 

and beauty is vain: 

But a woman that 

feareth the Lord, 

she shall be praised. 

FEBRUARY 15, 1977 

BMH Newest News 

Members of the First Brethren Church (La Verne, 
Calif.) voted unanimously to call Rev. Donald 
F. Carter as pastor and Dave Belcher as associate 
pastor. Mr. Belcher is a student at Talbot Seminary. 

A large new tax on the medical work in C.A.E. 
(C.A.R.) amounting to around $8,000 for the past 
three years and $3,000 a year in the future has 
been canceled because of "the beneficial nature 
of the work." 

IMPORTANT NOTICE. The prolonged severe winter 
weather in Northern Indiana has created a natural 
gas crisis, and the Herald Co. has had to cut back 
its work week. This has resulted in a delay in the 
production schedule of the Herald magazine . . . 
we'll appreciate your patience during this period 
of time, when you probably will receive your copy 
a little later than usual. 

Greenwood Grace Brethren (Modesto, Calif.) has called Rev. David Seifert as pastor. 
Mr. Seifert has been serving on the staff at Long Beach (First) church. 

Called to serve in the field of Youth and Evangelism at the Anaheim Grace Brethren 
Church (Calif.), the Kenneth Olsons expect to leave Winona Lake early in March. 
Ken has been attending Grace College and Ann (Mayes) has been Subscription Sec- 
retary at the Herald Co. 

For the season the Grace Lancers have a record of 15-5. 

Editor Charles Turner will be in Israel Feb. 13-24 as guest of the American Zionist 
Society Seminar. There will be meetings with members of Parliament and lectures on 
the current outlook in Israel. 

Prayer is requested for Rev. Edward Gross, pastor at Grace Brethren, Goleta, Calif, 
as he undergoes back surgery. 

Gary Wheeler is serving as youth director at the First Brethren Church, Lanham, Md. 
and two young men have been called to serve as interns: Jay Randall, David Ogden 
(son of pastor-Russell Ogden) . 

Sales zooming — in the 60 days since publication of Nathan Meyer's new book on 
Revelation, From Now to Eternit y, more than 1,300 copies have been sold. Ordered 
yours as yet? If not, send $4 to the Brethren Missionary Herald, Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Ind . 46590. BMH pays postage when you include your check. 

Princeton, N.J. (EP) — U.S. church and synagogue attendance rose in 1976, for the 
first time since 1958, according to a new Gallup Poll. 

All laminated arches have been erected on the new building and work is progressing 
with the entire roof structure at Grace Brethren, Fremont, Ohio. 


TIME. Missionary Returns 

Csee page 83 

Reflections By Still Waters 


It is interesting to note the various 
dominating factors that enter into our 
individual and national lives. I have 
met stamp collectors who see stamps 
in everything they do. A letter from a 
friend is important because of the 
stamp rather than the message. Or 
some people are tree oriented; they do 
not see the overall beauty of the 
forest . . . they see oaks, pines and 
maples. They know the names of a 
dozen different species of oaks, and so 
on and so forth. 

Have you noticed a very evident 
national complex? Today the ball is 
all. Turn on your television set and 
watch the mania. The weekends are 
the times when the hysteria hits its 
highest fever pitch. There is the golf 
ball, the basketball, the tennis ball, the 
football, the soccer ball, the baseball, 
the Ping-Pong ball . . . and shall I go 
on? The ball bouncing, being hit or 
kicked is so important in our society 
that it has gotten out of proportion, a 
completely lopsided affair. Let me cite 
a few illustrations to prove my point. 

Baseball players as free agents are 
signing million dollar contracts. In 
basketball recently a two-million dol- 
lar contract was inked. One individual 
could throw a ball accurately and 
swiftly and became a millionaire in the 
executing of his ability. When you are 
up above the rest of the population 
with an uncanny ability to put a 

basketball through a piece of steel and 
cord net you can be potentially a 

Another example showing the value 
placed on a ball and its attraction can 
be seen when the ball is placed on a 
field with 22 men at the Super Bowl, 
then you really pay to be part of the 
attraction. A sponsor wants to adver- 
tise at the Super Bowl via television, 
and he finds it will cost him $260,000 
per minute to do so. That comes out 
at $4,333.33 per second. Could you 
imagine a sponsor having an announcer 
who took five seconds worth of breath 
on your commercial? Over $20,000 of 
wasted time. 

The ball being all was illustrated 
well on a recent Sunday afternoon. My 
interest in tennis is somewhat limited, 
but I know there are many people who 
love the sport and find challenge and 
exercise in it. A soft drink company 
sponsored the tourney and the prize 
money was $150,000 total. The win- 
ner received $100,000 and the loser 
did not do so well. Poor chap ended 
up with only $50,000 and all of the 
humiliation. (Things are tough all 
over). But these two received more 
pay for three hours exercise than does 
the President of the United States for 
one year's activities. (Excuse me, but 
his pay is not peanuts.) 

The point I want to make is that 
our society has a bad case of distorted 

priorities. People will gripe about a 
dollar contribution to the church and 
then turn around and spend ten dollars 
on a ticket to a sports event. When we 
complain about the necessities of life 
and pour out countless dollars on un- 
important items— then we have a value 
problem. I read recently that for a 
man to take his family to New York 
City to a sporting event, he would 
spend about $100 for the evening if 
the following assumptions were made: 
He lived in the suburbs, the family had 
dinner in town, went to Madison 
Square Garden, and was a man who 
had four members in the household. 
The same person would be offended if 
his church asked him to give the same 
$100 to go to missions or some other 
worthwhile venture of faith. 

I am very sports minded and I love 
to be a spectator in person at events. 
But the ball being all is just a sample 
of misplaced values of our present 
society. I could have illustrated this 
point in many different areas of our 
lives. The unimportant is rapidly be- 
coming the important, and we are 
more and more faced with decisions as 
to what is really of prime value or the 
most significant in light of time and 
eternity. The church is faced with the 
same problems. The expenditure of 
time and mental resources in areas of 
unimportance keeps so many churches 
from moving forward with power and 
spiritual effectiveness. Sit through the 
average church business meeting and 
you will see a marvel of motion with- 
out progress. Time is spent on the in- 
significant and the unimportant, while 
the major issues of the Christian minis- 
try go by neglected. 

The ball being all— the center of at- 
traction and significance— points to a 
society that is seeking to get away 
from a dull and unhappy world in 
which so many people are living. A 
person living without God and a soci- 
ety without purpose have to be enter- 
tained or they will go mad in the bar- 
reness of existence. 

How about your priorities? 



Waiting on the Lord 4 

Service Training 6 

Rich Is Going 8 

FMS Annual Offering Report. . 9 

Ten Reasons 12 

BMH News Summary 13 

GBC Christian Education 15 

The Locomotive Growth .... 16 

WMC 19 

Alone-But Not Alone 20 

A Woman Manifesting Christ. .21 

Cover Photo: Richard Harrell, who served as 
a TIME missionary in Africa, came home 
with a burden to return. Read of his progress 
toward becoming a trainer of church leaders 
in the Chad, page 8. 

Reported \ Editor 
in the 


►Years Ago- 1942 

It appears that Dr. Floyd Taber 
will spend his furlough in the 
service of the Free French govern 
ment in Bangui working in the 
hospital .... OrvOle Jobson spent 
much of his time while in Long 
Beach working on an up-to-date map 
of the African mission field. . . . Pas 
tor Mark Malles of Sterling, Ohio, an- 
nounces a new daughter Peggy Shir 

□ We are thinking of you enjoying the 
snow and cold back there while we are 
suffering for the Lord at Desert Hot 
Springs, California. Some of us may 
have dinner at the top of the mountain 
tonight. Having a great time in the 80 
degree weather.— Signed, Dave and 
Carol Hocking, Ralph and Julie Col- 
burn, John Mayes, Mark and Phyllis 
Malles, Dave and Susan Seifert, Leo 
Polman (78°), Ed and Bettie Cashman, 
Roy and Patti Roberts, Dave and 
Sandy Miller (very warm out here), 
and Bob and Althea Miller. 

Volume 39, Number 5, March 1 , 1977 

Published bimonthly by 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Printed by BMH Printing 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 


Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman 

Editorial Secretary 

Fern L. Sandy 

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Design & Layout Artist: Timothy Kennedy 

Dear Friends, 


Years Ago-1962 

Gerald Teeter has been called to serve a 
sixth year at the Findlay Grace Breth- 
ren Church. . . . Robert Griffith has re- 
signed as the pastor of the Grandview, 
Washington, Church The 1961 Na- 
tional Championship Quiz Team will be 
going to Puerto Rico in April. 

5 Years Ago-1972 

The 1971 Foreign Missions Offering report 
shows North Long Beach as the top giver at 
$50,348 and sixty churches gave more than 

$3,000 The Palmyra, Pa., church burned 

their mortgage. . . . After fifty years of minis- 
try William Steffler announced his retirement 
from the active ministry. 




MARCH 1, 1977 

It was my happy experience to share 
the days in the desert last January with 
you. I do regret having missed the 
opportunity this year. Please let me 
know when your ministerial meeting 
will be next year ... I will be there. 
Your beautiful card arrived on one of 
the coldest days in Indiana history 
We, too, had close to 78°, but it was 
the chill factor and it was not plus, it 
was minus. In fact it was about 60° 
below on the chill factor. I do not 
want to fault our founding fathers for 
settling here since they exercised such 
great wisdom in so many other matters, 
but I feel my body would function 
better in other parts of the country in 
the winter and it would still not dis- 
turb my convictions.— Love to you all, 

P.S. I have violated a BMH policy by 
naming the senders of those who write 
a "Dear Editor" exchange, but this 
time I am glad to publish a list of some 
of my Christian friends. I also hope it 
is evident that they possess superior 
intelligence . . . the communication 
was postmarked "Palm Springs" . . 
and dated January! 

Departmental Editors: Christian Educa- 
tion: James Long. Foreign Missions: 
Rev. John Zielasko, Marcia Wardell. 
Grace Schools: Dr. Homer A. Kent, 
Jr., Terry White. Home Missions: Dr. 
Lester Pifer. WMC: Linda Hoke 

ECOND CLASS postage paid at 
Winona Lake, Ind. Issued on 
the first and fifteenth of each 
month by the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co., Box 544, 1104 
Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. Subscription 
prices: $4.75 a year; foreign, 
$5.50. Special rates to 

Waiting on the Lord 

Miss Estella Myers 

(FMS editor's note: Not long before her death 20 years ago, pioneer missionary Miss Estella Myers wrote a 
series of articles dealing with the establishment of the Brethren mission in Africa. This installment, the third 
in the series, is reprinted from the Brethren Missionary Herald for February 4, 1956.) 

Very early in the morning of March 
3, 1918, we crossed Stanley Pool with 
Mr. Haas, and arrived in Brazzaville, 
the capital of French Equatorial Afri- 
ca. The French were friendly to us, 
and we had no customs to pay on the 
baggage we had with us. We were 
directed to the chief of police and the 
mayor of the city. We were told that 
the Governor General of the colony 
was out of town but would be back in 
a few days. Mr. Sedar, the dentist of 
the Swedish mission, was very kind to 
us and gave us a place to stay. 

When our men arrived with the rest 
of the baggage and the Governor 
General returned home, we requested 
an audience with him. After some 
weeks Mr. Gribble and Mr. Haas re- 
ceived permission to appear before 
him. They told him our reasons for 
coming to their territory and asked 
permission to start missionary work. 

near us. We could hear the babbling of 
a little stream flowing to the Congo 
River through the woods to our right. 
The Congo was near us and we 
loved to sit on the stone cliff near the 
rapids and watch the beautiful sunsets. 
The birds of all colors sang for us in 
the trees; flocks of parrots flew over 
our heads, making their strange noises. 
The doves cooed for us early in the 
morning. The monkeys played on the 
branches of the trees. On the ground 
large armies of driver ants in a column 
two or three inches wide scurried 
across our path. The soldiers of the 
army traveled on the outside of the 
company in search of food, mostly 
flesh c anything alive. Their attacks 
were very painful as the whole host 
climbed on one to bite. One appli- 
cation of a torch caused the quick re- 
treat of the marching army of ants. 
Termites that ate wood, paper, and 

Belgian Congo wrote to us that they 
intended to take the responsibility of 
evangelizing all the unreached fields on 
the Belgian side and refused our en- 
trance. We took this as from the Lord; 
the door on the Belgian side was 
closed to us. However, later on these 
same societies invited us to come over 
and help them in their missionary 
work and not to start a new work. Mr. 
Bragg felt called to help the Baptists 
on the Belgian side and Miss Snyder 
the Plymouth Brethren, and both left 
us. The four of us who were left felt 
our place was to wait patiently on the 
French side until we received permis- 
sion. We could not compromise. Only 
those who had faith that the door 
would be opened believed our wait 
necessary— otherwise we were wasting 
God's money and losing time in un- 
healthy living conditions. We looked at 
the field knowing multitudes were go- 

Our hearts throbbed as we looked to God for deliverance and spent days in prayer. 
It was very plain that that vast unreached field should have the Gospel and that 
God was able to open the door. 

He said he was not able to grant this 
but would write to Paris in our behalf. 
In the meantime we could wait at 
Brazzaville, but if we left we would 
not be permitted to return. 

When the men returned from the 
Governor General's office and re- 
ported his reply, we began to seek a 
place to live while waiting. We moved 
from one place to another, and finally 
were given a delapidated house about a 
mile from town— its walls eaten by 
white ants. We pitched our tents on 
the wide veranda under the roof. When 
it rained, the water swept under our 
tents. Our dining room was the space 
between the tents. Our kitchen was 
some distance from the house. A ware- 
house with sheet iron roofing stood 

cloth lived in the ground everywhere 
and destroyed whatever they could 
find to eat. All baggage had to be 
placed up on stones to keep the ter- 
mites from ruining it. Strange flowers 
in gorgeous colors and all shapes 
peeped through the underbrush; scor- 
pions and centipedes lived under our 
trunks; snakes and lizards were also 
our visitors. One day the natives killed 
a boa constrictor near the Congo and 
brought it for us to see. It was a good 
meal for them. We bought our food at 
the market and could get vegetables, 
fish, meat, fruit, and bread, and we 
always had bananas. We had brought 
oatmeal, canned milk, and salt with us 
in our outfit Our need was supplied. 
The missionary societies in the 

ing to Christless graves, and our hearts 
longed to go to the living with the 
Good News. 

In the fall of 1918 the Spanish in- 
fluenza broke out in the town. The 
French people were dying. Dr. Gribble 
and I offered our services and soon we 
were both busy night and day with the 
sick. God was good to us, but soon Dr. 
Gribble and I also had an attack of the 
disease. From then on the French 
doctor in the town asked me to nurse 
for him, and I was often in the French 
homes caring for new babies and their 

The French officials thought we 
were spies and watched us closely. 
When the Governor General and the 
Governor visited the sick, they asked 


e what our government wanted to 
low about their colony that they 
nt us there. I replied that our govern- 
ent did not send us but that we were 
d there by our Lord to tell the Good 
3ws of salvation to the natives. An- 
her question would be asked that re- 
aled they did not believe me. They 
ought Mohammedanism was good 
lough for the black people. The of- 
;ials seemed to come often to quiz 
e, not only of our intention but con- 
rning what kind of outfit we had, 
id so forth. I needed to be much in 
ayer among the French people, not 
lly for what I should say to them but 
>w to say it in their language. They 
emed not to understand that our 
ivernment did not control the reli- 
ous thinking of its people. 
We received word that reinforce- 
ents were coming in the persons of 
e Antoine Rollier family. Humanly 
eaking, we thought, "Now we will 
ceive permission," for French was 
s language. What joy we had as we 
oked forward to their coming. Mar- 
lerite was delighted that she would 
ive some little girls with whom to 
ay. The night before they arrived in 

Brazzaville we had a dreadful tropical 
storm. The rain came down in torrents 
and the wind blew furiously, lifting 
the iron sheeting from the warehouse 
and scattering it over our yard. Water 
was everywhere. After the storm was 
over we sought dry blankets from our 
duffle bags for our beds. 

Then the time came for Mr. Rollier 
to meet the Governor General in our 
behalf. The men went to the office, 
and Mr. Rollier was told by the Gover- 
nor General to go out and wait with 
the other Americans. When the men 
came back from this visit to report to 
us, they were crushed. Words cannot 
express the aching of our hearts that 
day. Oh, the tears that were shed that 
would not be stayed, not especially be- 
cause we did not receive permission 
that day but because the devil was in- 
serting doubt in our midst. Our hearts 
throbbed as we looked to God for de- 
liverance and spent days in prayer. It 
was very plain that that vast unreached 
field should have the Gospel and that 
God was able to open the door. And 
what a great privilege it would be for 
the Brethren and Baptist churches to 
evangelize the multitudes. God had 

opened the prison doors for Peter that 
he might preach the Word— would He 
not break down the barriers for us as 
well? Though we wrestle not against 
flesh and blood but against the powers 
of the darkness— and we needed to put 
on the whole armor of God and stand. 
The devil had overstepped himself— we 
were again in unity and harmony and 
peace, leaning upon the Lord's right- 
eousness, and had victory. 

Not long after this our house fell 
down. I was not there at the time. No 
one was hurt and very little damage 
was done to our things. They heard 
the roof cracking and ran out. Dr. 
Gribble said the first thing she saw as 
she ran was a tract on the ground, en- 
titled "The Last Days of Foreign Mis- 
sions." She laughed in spite of the trib- 
ulation they were experiencing at that 

The men at once had natives clear a 
space in the woods to pitch our tents 
and built a grass roof over them. We 
felt that we were being sifted but 
knew Jesus was praying for us as He 
did for Peter when He said to him: "I 
have prayed for thee that thy faith fail 
not"-and we moved to CAMP-WAIT- 

!\RCH 1, 1977 

1975-76 Student Body (left to right) 
Victoria Gonzalez, Gasper Gonzalez, 
GuillermoGalvez,Rodolfo Leal, Francisco 
Bravo, Celia Dominguez and Mariano 

Service Training 

Rev. Jack Churchill 


"One of the main purposes of a 
Bible institute program is to teach stu- 
dents how to study and how to use the 
results of their study in service for 
Christ" This is the gist of a statement 
found in the text we are using for the 
Practical Theology course at the Breth- 
ren Bible Institute in Mexico. I smiled 
as I read it. That statement was just a 
confirmation of what the students 
themselves are saying, week after 

For example, I heard Rodolfo Leal 
say recently: "I got to thinking about 
what we discussed in the Christian 
Education class last week, and out of 
it came the sermon I preached last 
Sunday in my home church in Mexi- 

In the Hermeneutics course we have 
been stressing the basic rule that says 
the Bible is its own interpreter. Mari- 
ano Dominguez says by applying that 
rule he has really been helped in an- 
swering some of the spontaneous ques- 
tions that come up in a home Bible 
study in the Gospel of Matthew. And 
Francisco Bravo says he knows the 
Lord has made him see some things 
about his commitment to the Lord as 
we have talked about the pastorate in 
Practical Theology. In working our 
way through the Old Testament in 
Bible Survey, it has been great to see 
how experiences of Moses, David, Jere- 
miah, or Amos have a very practical 
tie-in with our lives today. 

The current Bible institute program 
was born at summer camp in 1975. I 
say "current" because there has been a 
training program for those who felt 

MARCH 1, 1977 

called to serve the Lord beginning in 
the early stages of the Brethren work 
here in Mexico. It has taken different 
forms. For several years previous to 
1975 we were giving extension courses 
in the local churches. But, in the 1975 
camp a group of young people, pas- 
tors, and missionaries, sensed the Lord 
leading them to lay out plans for regu- 
lar day classes again. A group of six or 
seven young people said they needed 
more than just a few night classes. 
Most of them were already in a place 
of leadership in a local church. They 
knew they needed to get deeper into 
God's Word in order to really "feed 
the flock" as well as to reach the un- 

In line with the policy that things 
be carried out by our Mexican breth- 
ren, with the assurance of missionary 
cooperation, the Committee on Evan- 
gelism and Christian Education of the 
Mexican Brethren Churches outlined 
some simple guidelines for classes to 
begin in October: 

1. Classes would be held in the 
Bethel Brethren Church in San Luis, 
Sonora. The majority of students were 
in that area. 

2. Married students would live in 
their own homes. Single students 
(men) would be housed on the church 

3. Each student would be required 
to present a written recommendation 
from his home church with statements 
about his character and his practical 
experience in Christian service. The 
church would send a monthly quota of 
100 pesos and would promise to help 
with donations of food. It would also 
keep in touch so as to be aware of any 
personal needs of its students. 

4. The two-year course would offer 
Bible Doctrine, Bible Survey, Church 
History, Homiletics, Evangelism, Her- 
meneutics, Christian Education, Prac- 
tical Theology, Brethren Beliefs and 
Practices, and Music. 

5. Seminars on themes of special in- 
terest would be held. We have had two 
so far. One on Resolving Conflicts was 
presented by Mr. Wilferd Thiessen 
from Phoenix, Arizona. The other was 
on Child Evangelism, given by the area 
representatives, Rev. and Mrs. Philip 
Ocampo and Miss Sofia Rangel. 

Along with classes and assignments 
each student is involved in putting into 
practice what he is learning. Mariano 

and Celia Dominguez pastor one of the 
local San Luis Brethren churches. Guil- 
lermo Galvez is pastor of the other 
one. Rodolfo Leal is the lay pastor of 
the Mexicali Brethren Church, to 
which he goes each weekend. He also 
is in charge of the youth activities in 
the Bethel church in San Luis during 
the week. Francisco Bravo helps his 
sister and brother-in-law, Mariano and 
Celia, in the church they pastor. This 
congregation has started an outreach 
into the rural communities with house 
meetings each Saturday in a farm 

Two hundred miles to the east is a 
new mission church in Pitiquito. One 
of the advantages of a small student 
body is that we can pick up and go 
over there, have a week of children's 
classes, personal evangelism, and eve- 
ning services. The two times we have 
done this we have taken our textbooks 
along and held institute classes in the 
mornings so as not to get behind in 
our schedule. 

We are not committed to any one 
program of training. As the Lord leads, 
those who desire training will receive 
it, as did this group that made its de- 
sire known at the 1975 camp. For cer- 
tain reasons, Gaspar Gonzalez and his 
wife, Victoria, took just one year of 
classes and dropped out this year. 
They may decide to come back. A 
group of four laymen in the Aleman 
church in Tijuana meets two nights a 
week to study the institute courses in 
Doctrine and Homiletics. There are 
young people in the churches who are 
thinking seriously of some formal 
Bible training. Pray for the Committee 
on Evangelism and Christian Educa- 
tion in the Brethren churches here, 
that it will be led of the Lord in pro- 
viding for the training of pastors and 
lay leaders. 

Rich Is Going 

The urgent appeal for workers called of God to go 
to the Chad Republic has been heard for several years 
in Brethren circles. In God's timing, one has come 

It was while Richard Harrell was serving as a TIME 
(Training In Missionary Endeavor) missionary in 
Africa that his attention was particularly drawn to 
the needs of the Chad. He says: "I really can't con- 
ceive of doing anything else except going back to the 
Chad." Now nearing the completion of his prepara- 
tion in the U.S., after a year of French language study 
he expects to arrive in the Chad as a full-fledged mis- 

Rich Harrell was born into a Christian home in 
Southern California and made his own personal deci- 
sion for Christ when he was young. At the age of 12 
he dedicated himself to following the Lord's leading 
in his life. Thus, when it came to higher education, he 
went to a Bible college in Missouri for three years, 
and then on to Bob Jones University for a B.A. in 
Bible. He continued in graduate school at BJU, study- 
ing for a Master of Divinity degree. 

Then, when home in Southern California for a 
summer, he heard Joy Mayes tell of her recently com- 
pleted year in Africa with the TIME missionary pro- 
gram. (Joy's father, Rev. John Mayes, is Rich's pastor 
at Community Grace Brethren in Whittier.) A year 
later (1974-75) Rich himself was on his way to Africa 
with the TIME program, a member of a team of four. 
The year was a life-changing one for Rich, which the 
Lord used to give definite direction for his future. 

Back in the U.S., Rich set out to complete semi- 
nary work, this time at Grace. He is due to graduate 
in May '77 with his M.Div. degree. He has been ap- 
proved by the foreign mission board and will enter 
language school this fall. His arrival on the field is 
scheduled for the summer of '78. 

Brethren people are being asked to contribute to 
the Richard Harrell outfit fund, with prayer cards 
being mailed to churches to aid in the appeal. A 
notice will be sent out when his slide- tape set is ready 
for distribution. 

Rich's brother, Robert Harrell, is also a TIME mis- 
sionary at present, in the midst of spending a two- 
year term assisting the Roger Peughs with the work in 

The Brethren Church's only missionaries to the 
Chad, Dr. and Mrs. Jake Kliever, arrived in the U.S. 
from the Chad this February, and at the end of their 
furlough they will be retiring from missionary service. 
Praise the Lord for one who has been called to suc- 
ceed them. Pray for Richard Harrell and his con- 
tinued preparation. And don't stop praying that the 
Lord will call forth more missionaries for the Chad. 


FMS Annual 
Offering Report 

JANUARY 1, 1976 TO DECEMBER 31, 1976 


Accident, Md $ 325.00 

Aleppo, Pa 402.50 

Boswell, Pa 1,023.11 

Coolville, Ohio 121.70 

Coraopolis, Pa 401.31 

Cumberland, Md 1,093.38 

Grafton, W. Va 762.74 

Jenners, Pa 2,206.54 

Listie, Pa 3,553.85 

Meyersdale, Pa 5,119.45 

Meyersdale, Pa. (Summit Mills) 1,316.69 

Parkersburg, W. Va 3,351.33 

Somerset, Pa 557.06 

Stoystown, Pa. (Reading) 1,005.83 

Uniontown, Pa 7,898.19 

Washington, Pa 3,145.92 

Westernport, Md 774.56 

Allegheny District, Misc 87.00 

$ 33,146.16 


Fort Lauderdale, Fla $ 7,408.23 

Fort Myers, Fla 4,434.90 

Maitland, Fla 4,482.76 

North Lauderdale, Fla 295.57 

Okeechobee, Fla 787.00 

Orlando, Fla 177.00 

Ormond Beach, Fla 32.00 

Pompano Beach, Fla 109.71 

St. Petersburg, Fla 1,193.29 

West Palm Beach, Fla 348.50 

$ 19,268.96 


Berne, Ind $ 5,848.82 

Clay City, Ind 265.00 

Elkhart, Ind 4,528.91 

Flora, Ind 2,795.83 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 8,484.75 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) 1,130.25 

Goshen, Ind 2,058.49 

Indianapolis, Ind 446.50 

Kokomo, Ind. (Indian Heights) 1,603.87 

Kokomo, Ind. (North Kokomo) 84.02 

Leesburg, Ind 2,131.17 

Osceola, Ind 8,766.88 

Peru, Ind 2,732.77 

Sidney, Ind 4,639.17 

South Bend, Ind 3,280.16 

Warsaw, Ind 10,035.52 

Winona Lake, Ind 18,282.39 

Indiana District, Misc 789.38 


Cedar Rapids, Iowa $ 1,752.92 

Dallas Center, Iowa 3,451.74 

Davenport, Iowa 859.85 

Des Moines, Iowa 71.00 

Garwin, Iowa 5,598.50 

Leon, Iowa 2,831.51 

North English, Iowa 847.50 

Omaha, Nebr 56.00 

Waterloo, Iowa 6,064.37 

Winona, Minn 1 50.00 

$ 21,683.39 

Alto, Mich $ 4,262.00 

Berrien Springs, Mich 73.75 

Jackson, Mich 136.00 

Lake Odessa, Mich 1,380.00 

Lansing, Mich. 361.75 

New Troy, Mich 3,612.04 

Ozark, Mich 247.80 

$ 10,073.34 


Alexandria, Va $ 1,929.40 

Chambersburg, Pa 25.00 

Hagerstown, Md. (Calvary) 1,798.78 

Hagerstown, Md. (Gay St.) 4,856.00 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 9,230.00 

Hagerstown, Md. (Maranatha) 2,267.66 

Lanham, Md. (First) 4,394.14 

Martinsburg, W. Va 11,329.60 

Temple Hills, Md. (Grace) 4,143.08 

Virginia Beach, Va 356.00 

Waynesboro, Pa 5,627.86 

Winchester, Va 6,990.88 

$ 52,948.40 


Bethlehem, Pa $ 451.54 

Dillsburg, Pa 3,269.77 

Elizabethtown, Pa 3,033.62 

Harrisburg, Pa 4,599.59 

Hatboro, Pa 1,425.00 

Hope, N.J 238.50 

Lancaster, Pa 8,732.66 

Lititz, Pa 3,038.53 

Manheim, Pa 2,782.47 

Mt. Laurel, N. J 837.75 

Myerstown, Pa 11,680.78 

New Holland, Pa 4,979.97 

Palmyra, Pa 3,016.50 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 6,545.48 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 5,819.19 

Telford, Pa 9,506.01 

Wrightsville, Pa 740.00 

York, Pa 7,128.43 

Northern Atlantic District, Misc 148.30 

$ 77,974.09 


Chico, Calif $ 355.00 

Grass Valley, Calif 102.00 

Modesto, Calif. (Greenwood) 2,515.35 

Modesto, Calif. (LaLoma) 12,690.50 

Ripon, Calif 1,200.00 

Sacramento, Calif 754.55 

San Jose, Calif 981.23 

Tracy, Calif 607.00 

Nor-Cal District, Misc 920.00 

$ 20,125.63 


Ankenytown, Ohio $ 2,635.69 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 14,518.86 

Ashland, Ohio (Southview) 1,863.65 

Bowling Green, Ohio 118.30 

Columbus, Ohio (East Side) 1,739.91 

Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 18,741.13 

Danville, Ohio 840.00 

Fremont, Ohio (Chapel) 618.50 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 5,630.42 

Galion, Ohio 1,158.01 

Johnstown, Ohio 1,294.25 

Lexington, Ohio 2,663.25 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 17,589.86 

Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 3,786.61 

$ 73,198.44 


Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn) $ 366.00 

Akron, Ohio (First) 6,697.32 

Canton, Ohio 6,493.97 

Cleveland, Ohio 666.59 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 1,684.00 

Elyria, Ohio 1,452.38 

Homerville, Ohio 7,704.20 

Middlebranch, Ohio 10,309.40 

Minerva, Ohio 1,155.15 

Norton, Ohio 2,557.62 

Rittman, Ohio 10,850.90 

Sterling, Ohio 1,656.94 

Wooster, Ohio 35,728.55 

$ 87,323.02 

Albany, Oreg $ 678.20 

Beaverton, Oreg 738.73 

Grandview, Wash 1,265.14 

Harrah, Wash 7,350.48 

Kenai, Alaska 939.50 

Kent, Wash 2,097.52 

Mabton, Wash 1,230.00 

Prosser, Wash 240.00 

Spokane Valley, Wash 291.25 

Sunnyside, Wash 24,332.49 

Toppenish, Wash 1,938.79 

Troutdale, Oreg 811.84 

Yakima, Wash 4,107.70 

Northwest District, Misc 44.09 

$ 46,065.73 


Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Heights) $ 1,635.00 

Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Grace) 75.29 

Arvada, Colo 979.74 

Beaver City, Nebr 436.16 

Cheyenne, Wyo 350.00 

Colorado Springs, Colo 1,609.90 

Counselor, N. Mex 1,342.00 

Denver, Colo 1,901.07 

Longview, Texas 202.00 

Portis, Kans 2,607.01 

Taos, N. Mex 838.95 

Rocky Mountain Region District, Misc. 72.12 

$ 12,049.24 


Aiken, S. C $ 245.00 

Anderson, S. C 395.00 

Atlanta, Ga 2,241.93 

Boones Mill, Va 100.00 

Buena Vista, Va 3,181.55 

Covington, Va 3,684.50 

Johnson City, Tenn 307.10 

Radford, Va 179.28 

Richmond, Va 295.67 

Riner 209.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) 770.25 

Roanoke, Va. (Garden City) 1,000.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 3,453.08 

Roanoke, Va. (Patterson Memorial) . . 3,645.96 

Roanoke, Va. (Washington Heights) . . 1,345.05 

Telford, Tenn 2,593.99 

Willis, Va 115.00 

Southeast District, Misc 21.65 

$ 23,784.01 

Anaheim, Calif $ 2,918.75 

Beaumont, Calif 6,489.65 

Bell, Calif 712.00 

Bellflower, Calif 9,621.92 

Cypress, Calif 3,664.77 

Fillmore, Calif 25.00 

Glendale, Calif 494.49 

Glendora, Calif 396.60 

Goleta, Calif 501.29 

Hemet, Calif 265.02 

La Verne, Calif 1,225.89 

Lakewood, Calif 1,753.85 

Long Beach, Calif. (Community) .... 1,488.40 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 48,689.31 

Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) 4,036.49 

Long Beach, Calif. (North Long Beach) 40,546.82 

Los Angeles, Calif. (Community) .... 635.25 

Mission Viejo, Calif 250.00 

Montclair, Calif 225.00 

Norwalk, Calif 2,512.48 

Orange, Calif 1,448.50 

Phoenix, Ariz. (Grace) 4,873.25 

Rialto, Calif 1,004.62 

San Bernardino, Calif 1,546.70 

San Diego, Calif 1,213.06 

San Ysidro, Calif 498.55 

Santa Maria, Calif 336.20 

Seal Beach, Calif 2,010.33 

Simi Valley, Calif 1,632.23 

South Pasadena, Calif 923.50 

Temple City, Calif 481.71 

Tucson, Ariz 550.00 

West Covina, Calif 864.19 

Westminster, Calif 1,966.10 

Whittier, Calif. (Community) 21,939.69 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 7,776.00 

So. Calif.-Ariz. District, Misc 50.00 


Brookville, Ohio $ 7,665.40 

Camden, Ohio 357.59 

Centerville, Ohio 800.00 

Clayhole, Ky 328.20 

Clayton, Ohio 2,265.75 

Covington, Ohio 477.98 

Dayton, Ohio (Basore Rd.) 743.00 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 12,881.74 

Dayton, Ohio (Huber Heights) 1,655.46 

Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) 5,958.70 

Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 2,223.00 

Englewood, Ohio 9,959.97 

Kettering, Ohio 932.12 

Sinking Spring, Ohio 1,665.00 

Trotwood, Ohio 1,326.00 

Troy, Ohio 280.15 

Union, Ohio 2,003.54 

Vandalia, Ohio 1,152.50 

West Alexandria, Ohio 26.85 

Southern Ohio District, Misc 45.00 

$ 52,747.95 

Altoona, Pa. (First) $ 2,049.00 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 2,850.00 

Armagh, Pa 839.83 

Conemaugh, Pa 8,796.44 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 9,759.35 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill) 4,291.73 

Duncansville, Pa. (Leamersville) 8,325.98 

Everett, Pa 6,363.46 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vicksburg) 5,800.43 

Hopewell, Pa 695.66 

Indiana, Pa 2,223.00 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 12,444.74 

Johnstown, Pa. (Geistown) 906.45 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 7,176.06 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 9,523.92 

Kittanning, Pa. (North Buffalo) 1,365.96 

Martinsburg, Pa 9,907.45 

Western Pennsylvania District, Misc. . . 429.79 

$ 93,749.25 

Akron, Ohio (Hillwood Chapel) .... $ 1,022.88 

Aiea, Hawaii 998.25 

Wahiawa, Hawaii 347.25 

Estates 20,154.40 

National Miscellaneous 61,769.34 

National SMM 625.00 

National WMC 22,368.68 

Puerto Rico Church 50.00 

Goldendale, Wash 18.25 


TOTAL GIFTS TO FMS $984,963.15 

52 Churches Exceed 
$5,000 in Giving 

1. Long Beach, Calif. (First Brethren) $48,689.31 

2. Long Beach, Calif. (North Long Beach) 40,546.82 

3. Wooster, Ohio 35,728.55 

4. Sunnyside, Wash 24,332.49 

5. Whittier, Calif. (Community) .... 21,939.69 

6. Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 18,741.13 

7. Winona Lake, Ind 18,282.39 

8. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 17,589.86 

9. Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 14,518.86 

10. Dayton, Ohio (First) 12,881.74 

11. Modesto, Calif. (LaLoma) 12,690.50 

12. Johnstown, Pa. (First) 12,444.74 

13. Myerstown, Pa 11,680.78 

14. Martinsburg, W. Va 11,329.60 

15. Rittman, Ohio 10,850.90 

16. Middlebranch, Ohio 10,309.40 

17. Warsaw, Ind 10,035.52 

18. Englewood, Ohio 9,959.97 

19. Martinsburg, Pa 9,907.45 

20. Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 9,759.35 

21. Bellflower, Calif 9,621.92 

22. Kittanning, Pa. (First) 9,523.92 

23. Telford, Pa 9,506.01 

24. Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 9,230.00 

25. Conemaugh, Pa. (Grace) 8,796.44 

26. Osceola, Ind 8,766.88 

27. Lancaster, Pa 8,732.66 

28. Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 8,484.75 

29. Duncansville, Pa. (Leamersville) .. 8,325.98 

30. Uniontown, Pa 7,898.19 

31. Whittier, Calif. (First) 7,776.00 

32. Homerville, Ohio 7,704.20 

33. Brookville, Ohio 7,665.40 

34. Fort Lauderdale, Fla 7,408.23 

35. Harrah, Wash 7,350.48 

36. Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 7,176.06 

37. York, Pa 7,128.43 

38. Winchester, Va 6,990.88 

39. Akron, Ohio (First) 6,697.32 

40. Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 6,545.48 

41. Canton, Ohio 6,493.97 

42. Beaumont, Calif 6,489.65 

43. Everett, Pa 6,363.46 

44. Waterloo, Iowa 6,064.37 

45. Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) .. 5,958.70 

46. Berne, Ind 5,848.82 

47. Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 5,819.19 

48. Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vicksburg) . . . 5,800.43 

49. Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 5,630.42 

50. Waynesboro, Pa 5,627.86 

51. Garwin, Iowa 5,598.50 

52. Meyersdale Pa. (Grace) 5,119.45 

Ten Reasons 

Why You Should Send 

Your Child to a 

Christian School 

The Christian school movement is 
the fastest growing educational move- 
ment in America today. The U.S. 
News and World Report and Christian 
Life magazines have referred to the 
rapid proliferation of Christian ele- 
mentary and secondary schools as the 
"Boom in Protestant Schools" and 
"The Christian School Explosion." 
Christian schools are currently being 
established across the United States at 
the rate of two new schools a day. In 
California we average one new Chris- 
tian school each week. 

During the 10 years I have served as 
the Executive Director of the Western 
Association of Christian Schools, our 
association has grown from 68 to 500 
member schools and colleges. Enroll- 
ment in our schools has jumped from 
11,388 to 63,131 students. Obviously 
parents by the thousands have opted 
to send their youngsters to Christian 
schools as opposed to secular public 
schools. As a parent who sends my 
children to Christian schools and 
speaks to thousands of parents on the 
radio and on tour, permit me to share 
ten reasons why you should send your 
children to Christian schools: 

You are accountable to 
God for what your children are taught 
in school. Proverbs 22:6 is a direct 
command to parents. It says, "Train 
up a child in the way he should 
go . . . ." What your children are 
taught in school should be a direct ex- 
tension of your parental views. The 
teachers under whom your children 
are taught should be the kind of teach- 
ers you would personally hire if your 
children were being educated in your 

Christian schools offer a 
better level of instruction. There is no 
question about it. The test scores over 
a long period of years are conclusive. 
The annual Stanford Achievement 
Test administered to first through 
eighth grade Christian school students 
in the western states shows them to be 
six to sixteen months ahead of the 

Dr. Paul A. Kienel 
Executive Director of WACS 

national norm in reading and five to 
nine months ahead of the national 
norm in all general subject areas. 

The Bible does not teach 
that children should be exposed to all 
kinds of sin. We are to train "up" a 
child, not point him downward. Chil- 
dren do not grow spiritually stronger 
in a negative non-Christian environ- 
ment. Students do not become strong- 
er Christians by being taught non- 
Christian thinking, but by being taught 
Christian thinking, and there is no 
such person as a "neutral" school- 
teacher who neither advances nor in- 
hibits religion. School represents 1 6 
percent of your child's time. It is 
prime time, a training time, and Chris- 
tian school education represents a 
positive Bible-centered form of 
instruction that will build a child up in 
the faith— not tear him down. Proverbs 
19:27 says, "Cease, my son, to hear 
the instruction that causeth to err 
from the words of knowledge." 

The Christian school is 
right for your child because the Chris- 
tian school has not cut itself off from 
the most important book in the 
world— the Bible, important in that it 
enables us to see the light we need in 
education. Without the Bible, edu- 
cation is nothing more than the blind 
leading the blind. Standards for mo- 
rality must be taken from Scripture 
alone, not from situations as often 
taught in secular schools. As Theodore 
Roosevelt stated, "To train a man in 
mind and not in morals is to train a 
menace in society." 

The Christian school pro- 
vides an opportunity for your child to 
witness for Christ. This surprises some 
people because they assume all stu- 
dents in a Christian school are Chris- 
tians. In most cases a majority are 
Christian; however, in every Christian 
school there are always some students 
who need the Saviour. Christian stu- 
dents are trained and encouraged to 

reach these youngsters for Jesus 
Christ. Witnessing in a Christian school 
has the support of parents, students, 
teachers, administration and the 
school board. Presenting Christ as 
Saviour is not illegal in a Christian 

The Christian school edu- 
cators teach all subject matter from a 
Christian context. They put the Bible 
at the center of the curriculum and ask 
the student to evaluate all they see in 
the world through the eyes of God. To 
quote Dr. Roy Zuck, a Christian edu- 

The secular vs. Christian school issue 
is really a question of whether a child 
will learn to view life from man's per- 
spective or God's perspective. From 
man's viewpoint, history is purpose- 
less; from God's viewpoint, history 
has meaning. From man's viewpoint, 
science is the laws of "nature" at 
work; from God's viewpoint, science 
is the outworking of His laws. 
In a Christian school, a student is ex- 
posed to the centrality of God in all of 
life. In public education, a student is 
legally "sheltered" from this impor- 
tant dimension of education. 

Christian schools support 
the family as the number one institu- 
tion of society. Christian school edu- 
cators train students to respect their 
parents. These educators agree with 
the early American patriot, Noah 
Webster, who said, "All government 
originates in families, and if neglected 
there, it will hardly exist in society." 
"The atheists have, for all 
practical purposes, taken over public 
education in the country." Shocking 
words, yes, but they were spoken by a 
prominent public school educator, Dr. 
W. P. Schofstall, Arizona State Super- 
intendent of Schools. Paradoxically, 
many public school personnel openly 
support Christian school education. As 
a matter of fact, the largest group 
among the parents who send their chil- 
dren to Christian schools are public 

(Continued on page 14) 




ren Churches anrl thp FuannpliraL Prp« A^nriat inn ^^S- 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association 

•Wheaton, 111. (NAE)— "Some of the poorest steward- 
ship in all the world is practiced by well-meaning evan- 
gelical Christians," according to Dr. Billy A. Melvin, ex- 
ecutive director of NAE, in his article, "The Scandal" 
(Winter 1976, Action). "Bombarded by appeals via 
radio, television, telephone, direct mail and magazines, 
they give and give with the false assumption that every 
appeal made in Christ's name is legitimate and worthy of 

Melvin goes on to say that he believes good steward- 
ship does not stop with writing the check, but includes 
the responsibility of making sure the gift is given to a 
worthy organization. "Good stewardship requires giving 
only to organizations which are fulfilling their an- 
nounced objectives. If this is not done, there will be an 
ever-increasing flow of funds to unworthy organizations 
siphoning off millions of dollars every year which could 
be going to legitimate causes." 

•A super-special Sunday was enjoyed by a record at- 
tendance as 100 people filled the sanctuary during the 
morning worship service at Grace Brethren in Richmond, 

Evangelist Kenneth Teague was guest speaker for the 
occasion and special music was furnished by the "Breth- 
renaires" of Buena Vista, Va. Twenty-six new cushioned 
pews (gifts from individuals and churches from as far 
away as Ohio and Ind.) were formally dedicated. 

Following a fellowship carry-in dinner, 6 were bap- 
tized in an indoor swimming pool. 

Pastor Ron Thompson and the congregation were 
challenged by the guest speaker to "trust the Lord for 
15 new families." 

•The 1976 Ford Granada pictured here, wrapped with a 
large red ribbon and bow, was a most unexpected gift 
received by Rev. and Mrs. Richard Placeway from the 
Manheim Grace Brethren Church, Manheim, Pa. Place- 
ways had a difficult time to realize "it was for real," but 
finally got in the car and drove their new Christmas 
present home. 

New CE Placement Service. GBC Christian Educa- 
tion is now accepting resumes from people who are in- 
terested in placement as a youth pastor or assistant 
pastor in a Brethren church. Individuals interested in 
ministry opportunities, or churches looking for personnel 
may contact GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. We now have several names. 

Pastor Ron Thompson and Rev. Kenneth Teague are 
seen baptizing a candidate in a swimming pool at the 
home of new church members at Richmond, Va. 

Bangui, Central African Republic (EP)-The president- 
for-life of this Texas-size African nation has renamed it 
the Central African Empire and made himself Emperor 
Bokassa I. 

The new Central African Empire, a former French 
colony with a total population of 2.6 million, is 50 per- 
cent Christian and 6 percent Muslim. The remainder fol- 
low traditional African religions. (BMH Editor's note: 
Two African Brethren nationalists serve in President 
Bokassa's cabinet.) 


Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 45 days in advance of their scheduled dates. 

Duncansville, Pa. (Leamersville), Mai. 20-27; John Greg- 
ory, pastor; Jere Brubaker, speaker. 
Orlando, Fla., Mar. 20-27; John Diaz, pastor; Herman 
Hein, speaker. 

MARCH 1, 1977 

• Madison, 
Wis.- Chaplain 
(CPT) John B. 
Patrick, U.S. 
Army, of the 
76th Engineers 
Battalion at Ft. 
George G. 
Meade, Md., re- 
c e n 1 1 y at- 
tended a two-week orientation clinic of the Bethel Series, 
an international Bible study program administered by 
the Adult Christian Education Foundation. The series 
is in its 16th year. Since 1959 more than 3,400 congre- 
gations, representing 17 denominations, have involved 
over half a million lay teachers and students in the 
Bethel Series. 

Chaplain Patrick is pictured here with a poster from 
the first Old Testament lesson of the Bethel Series, 
"Creation and Its Concepts." The poster is one of the 40 
visual aids used to acquaint students and teachers with 
major Biblical themes. 

'Annual changes . . . Arthur Collins, 304 E. Ross St., 
P.O. Box 315, Danville, Ohio 43014 (Tel. 
614/599-7390) . . . Thomas Goossens, R. R. 1., Findlay, 
Ohio 45840 . . . Russell Ward, 4007 Loop Dr., Engle- 
wood, Ohio 45322. 

New York (EP)-World Jewish population is estimated 
at 14,145,000 (down 82,000 in a year), and United 
States Jews number about 5,845,000 (up 116,000), 
according to the 1977 edition of the American Jewish 
Year Book. 

The United States continues to have the most Jews. 
Next comes Israel (2,953,000), and the Soviet Union. 

•- Vatican City (EP) The newly restored painting of "The 
Transfiguration" by the Sixteenth Century artist 
Raphael was exhibited to the press at the Vatican. 

The celebrated painting of the event in Jesus' life 
when, praying on a mountain in the company of Peter, 
John, and James, "His face became as dazzling as the 
sun, His clothes as radiant as light" and "Moses and 
Elijah appeared . . . conversing with Him," was Raphael's 
last work before his death in 1520. 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

CLY, Edith, 79, Jan. 19, a faithful member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Danville, Ohio. Arthur Collins, pastor. 
McELROY, Basil, 95, Jan. 14, a member for 80 years of 
the Grace Brethren Church, Danville, Ohio. Arthur Col- 
lins, pastor. 

OLIVER, Margaret, 63, Nov. 28, 1976. Memorial serv- 
ices were conducted by Pastors Edmund Leech and 
Donald Foreman at the Grace Brethren Church, Glen- 
dale, Calif. 

PHENICIE, William, 91, Dec. 11, 1976, a longtime mem- 
ber of the First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. Charles 
Martin, pastor. 

TILLEY, Anna, 90, Dec. 20, 1976, a member for many 
years of the First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 
Charles Martin, pastor. 

A six-month's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald is given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

The following weddings were performed at the Bethel 
Brethren Church, Osceola, Ind.: Pam Hiler and Ernie 
NezBegay; Maria Lechlitner and Phil Bateson; Kim Sharp 
and Ralph Benjamin; Dana Monroe and Val Dziagwa; 
Michele Strope and Greg Bortone; Valerie Russell and 
James Joshick. 

Susan Goodman and John Zielasko, Dec. 11, 1976, 
Winona Lake Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. The 
ceremony was performed by Rev. Marvin Goodman and 
Rev. John Zielasko, fathers of the bride and groom, and 
Pastor Charles Ashman. 

Shannon Ladd and Scott Swinehart, Dec. 27, 1976, 
Grace Brethren Church, Cypress, Calif. 


(Continued from 

schoolteachers and principals. I con- 
ducted a nationwide survey among 
these public school educators. The fol- 
lowing statement is typical of the re- 
sponses I received: 

1 prefer to send my children to a 
Christian school because Christ is 
central to all information taught and 
caught. The public school is basically 
humanistic and materialistic in its ap- 
proach to life and the fundamental 
questions of human existence and 
purpose. The Christian school holds a 
unique position with the home and 
the church. 

Christian school educators 
maintain discipline in the classroom 
and on the playground. Without a rea- 
sonable standard of discipline, the 
process of education is severely ham- 
pered. "For whom the Lord loves, He 
disciplines . . ." the Bible teaches. And 

page 12) 

it is within that context of love that 
discipline is carried out in a Christian 
school. This important feature of edu- 
cation is rapidly disappearing from 
public school education. According to 
the recent Gallup Poll of Public A tti- 
tudes Toward Education: 

Lack of discipline in the public 
schools again heads the list of prob- 
lems cited most often by survey re- 
spondents. Discipline has, in fact, 
been named the number one problem 
of the schools in five of the last six 
years. New evidence of its impor- 
tance comes from the special survey 
of high school juniors and seniors. An 
even higher percentage of this group 
names discipline as the leading prob- 
lem faced by the local public school. 

"We believe that our chil- 
dren are gifts of the Lord. We are re- 
sponsible as parents to train them ac- 

cording to His Word not only at home 
and in church, but in school as well." 
This statement was made by a parent 
in response to a question on an appli- 
cation form for enrollment of his chil- 
dren in a Christian school. 

More and more parents, especially 
Christian parents, are coming to the 
conclusion that secular public educa- 
tion and most of its teachers and prin- 
cipals no longer represent their per- 
sonal parental views. These parents are 
exercising their freedom of choice and 
sending their children to Christian 
schools and colleges. 

Dr. Paul A. Kienel is the author of The 
Christian School: Why It Is Right for Your 
Child, and America Needs Bible Centered 
Families and Schools. These books are avail- 
able at $1.50 per copy from PK BOOKS, 
1641 Sheffield Drive, La Habra, CA 90631 



hoping to nop- in v.nri5tiQn ed, 
youth, and church growth 

Go, Team, Co!!! 

Pastor Knute Larson 

Once there was a football team in a sudden death over- 
time with their opponent-whoever scores, wins. 

The team was well grounded in the fundamentals. They 
had their original equipment. They could block, run the 
power play, and their defense was great. But the opponent 
was used to all that. And the spectators were quite bored. 

At every time out, the coach got his players together for 
another talk. "We know the basics. We have all the plays 
down pat. Guards, you block and separate opponents from 
the play. Tackles, your triune stance is picture perfect. Ends, 
your pre-pass pattern is what the fans want to see. 

"Backs, you have learned and portrayed the strength of 
infallibility in execution. You line up just like the Four 
Horsemen did." 

Every time out the team heard it again "Right," they said, 
"we've got it. No one compares with us." 

But the game was a stalemate. They could not gain 
ground. Their cheerleaders yelled, "F-U-N-D-A-M-E-N- 
T-A-L-S" . . . and they did well. But they could not move. 

Don't get me wrong-the opponent did not score either. 
Dead lock. The fans were leaving. 

Finally one of the linemen, weary with the tie, proposed 
some new blocks: "Let's do some cross-blocking . . . double- 
team. Pull more." There were some objections from the other 
linemen for a quarter or so, but finally they tried it. It 
worked, it helped. 

"Look," said the backs when they saw the success, "let's 
try some variations of our own." End sweeps— down and 
outs . . . post patterns ... a couple quick reverses. . . . 

It was new to them too ... but gradually they agreed that 
as long as they weren't breaking the rules they could try the 
new stuff. 

They did, and they fumbled a few times, but they came 
to life. 

The fans started looking with favor upon them. 

They added to their yardage. Their football fundamentals 
were still used, but now with different plans. 

They scored! They won! AND WE CAN!! 

Its No Wonder 
We Called Him Pop 

It's no wonder we called him Pop. 

His excitement for life, and especially for Sunday 
School was explosive. 

His concern for ministry, and especially for Grace 
Brethren churches, produced many off-spring minis- 
tries in local churches and for Christian education. 

His love was like a father's. 

And besides, the name just seemed to fit. 

"Harold" is a good name but after you sat through 
one of his seminars or watched him in the pulpit, or 
sat down with him at a coffee break and heard his 
dream; it just didn't have enough zing to it. 

"Dr. Etling" is a nice honor, reflecting the grati- 
tude of our Fellowship but after you've spent a few 
days at board meetings with him, or ate his sundaes at 
the "Cracker Box" at Camp Bethany, or heard his 
practical wisdom for someone seeking God's will; it 
just didn't make it. 

He was Pop. 

And besides, he was married to Mom, and she's 
something else herself. 

Our department, CE, is grateful for his leadership 
1954-1971— a time of transition and special begin- 

We join many others who called him Pop in thank- 
ing God for this man and in worship of the living 
Christ who is our hope of the resurrection and our 
source of comfort. 

Pastor Knute Larson, 
Executive Director 
GBC Christian Education 

MARCH 1, 1977 

Written by Pastor Knute Larson 



A course in basics of the faith 
Class notes and home assignments 

(especially for grades 5-7) 
Forget it . . . 

... if your church guys and girls of that age 
already understand communion, baptism, 
anointing, sin, your church, and more. 

... if your pastor or pastoral staff al ready have 
enough contact with that age. 

... if parents and children have enough assign- 
ments calling them to learn the basics of the 
faith together. 

Plan it . . . 

... if you want your people of grades 5-7 to 
have a Biblical foundation for their church 

... if you are willing to help share a nine-week, 
two-hour course proved very effective where 

... if you want parents and children involved 
in research and discussion on the church. 

PRECEPTS: "Through thy precepts I get 
understanding" (Psalm 119:104). 

Designed to be used- 
Saturday mornings, 10-1 1 :45 a.m., nine weeks 
Weekdays after school, 3-4:45, nine weeks 
Special classes 

Cost in quantities— 

1-9 books-$3.00 each 
10-24 books-$2.75each 
25-49 books-$2.50 each 
50 and above— $2.25 each 

(All prices are plus postage. One set of teacher's 
notes is automatically included with quantity orders 
of student's books.) 

Order from: GBC Christian Education 
P. O. Box 365 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 



The Locomotive 
Growth of th 

I recently met a mild-mannered man. 

Maybe not as mild mannered as the 
proverbial Clark Kent. But mild mannered nonethe- 
less. Clark was a bit of a milquetoast, you recall. 

But not this man. 

Of course, with a heavy travel schedule 
and the jet lag that flying through the air gives you, 
he was a bit tired at the time. Sometimes ferocious 
people appear mild mannered when really they are 
only zonked. 

But after seeing him in action for a few 
days I think I can solemnly affirm he is indeed mild 

". . . He is married and has three 
daughters. As Executive Director of the California 
Association of Christian Schools he has seen the 
organization grow over 400 percent in ten years . . . 
Dr. Paul A. Kienel " 

And he didn't run into the phone booth 
to change into a caped uniform with "Christian 
Schools" emblazoned across a jersey either. Instead 
he stood up and courteously shared some good 
reasons to shove hard for Christian schools. 

Two new Christian schools established 
every day in America. . . . 

One a week in California. . . . 

There is a reason that the Christian school 
movement has become the fastest growing educational 
movement in America. And there are some reasons 
"Why," as PK would say, "It is right for your child." 

Nasty things are happening in some public 
schools . . . 

. . . Poor discipline— number one educa- 
tional predicament the past five or six years, Gallup 

. . . Educational quality on the skids- 
student achievement below national average of a 
decade ago, according to LA Times. 

. . . Textbook problems— no comment. 

. . . And so forth. 

And it is interesting, let's face it, that 
among the parents who send their children to Chris- 
tian schools, the largest group is public schoolteachers 
and principals. 


But even if you are living in one of those 
bastions of benevolence toward your moral viewpoint. 


/ ;ter than a speeding bullet . . . 

Loping the tall buildings of secular education with a single bound . . . 

Christian Schools Movement 

James Long 

Publications Director 
GBC Christian Education 

and even if you do have five schoolteachers in your 
public school district, or more, who are Christians, 
even so, there are some thoughts you should ponder. 

You know that you are accountable to 
God for what your children are taught in school. 

And that the Bible does not teach that 
children should be exposed to all brands of sin and a 
humanistic outlook so as not to be "sheltered." The 
old "hot house" argument is withered. 

And I probably do not need to remind 
you that your children are gifts from the Lord, with 
the accompanying responsibility to train them accord- 

And you may already be aware of the 
efforts of the Christian school movement to support 
the authority of the home. That one's uniquely 

Christian schoolteachers make a solid 
effort to teach every subject from the perspective of 
the authoritative Word. To quote Kienel who quoted 
Dr. Roy Zuck (forgive me, Roy, if this gets slightly 
muddled): "From man's viewpoint, history is pur- 
poseless; from God's viewpoint, history has meaning. 
From man's viewpoint, science is the laws of 'nature' 
at work; from God's viewpoint, science is the out- 
working of His laws." 


The point is, your child will not be 
"sheltered" from the divine viewpoint in a Christian 

But you already knew that maybe. 

It is not necessary to say then, that a 
child in a public school is not going to have the 
same exposure to the Word of God. Obvious, simply 
obvious. You can compensate at home, perhaps. 

You do not have to sacrifice educational 
quality in turning to a Christian school. True, there 
are Christian schools and there are Christian schools. 
Just as there is Bratwurst and there is Bratwurst. It 
could be that the Christian school in your area is a 
real educational sleeper. But don't be too sure. And 
don't let externals deceive you. 

Dr. Kienel reports that the annual Stan- 
ford Achievement Test administered to first through 
eighth grade Christian school students show them to 

be six to sixteen months ahead of the national norm 
in reading. And five to nine months ahead of the 
national norm in all general subject areas. 

Christian schools. 

Worth considering. 

And here's another thought: 

Dr. David Hocking, pastor of First Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, commented: "Time has 
proved that youngsters in my congregation who 
attend our Brethren Church Schools are significantly 
more loyal to the church than their counterparts who 
attend public schools. They very often take positions 
of leadership as they reach their adult years." 

Dave is an example of that principle. 
Having entered the Christian school at First Brethren 
as a second grader, the church and school have con- 
tinued to play significant roles in his own develop- 
ment. Today he is the pastor. 

Don't sue for false advertising. 

We're not saying that everyone who grows 
up in a church and in a Christian school will become 
the pastor of First Brethren Long Beach. There are 
only so many openings. 

Besides. . . . 

Meanwhile, the Christian school thing 
keeps right on movin'. I'm glad for mild-mannered 
men with guts and vision. 

And you've probably noticed that the 
movement is demanding the attention of even the 
secular press. 

Maybe you should look into it, too. 

And I probably do not need to 
remind you that your children are 
gifts from the Lord, with the 
accompanying responsibility to 
train them accordingly. 

MARCH 1, 1977 

GBC Operating 
Christian Schools 

Grace Brethren Church, Phoenix, Arizona 

Grace Christian School (Pre-K-8th) 
Cherry Valley Brethren Church, Beaumont, California 
Brethren Elementary & Junior High School 
First Brethren Church, Long Beach, California 
Brethren Church Schools (Pre-K-12th) 
Brethren Junior-Senior High School 
Paramount Brethren Elementary 
Long Beach Brethren Elementary 
Los Altos Brethren Church, Long Beach, California 

Los Altos Brethren Preschool (Pre-K-K) 
Greenwood Grace Brethren Church, Modesto, Cali- 
Greenwood Christian School (Pre-K-1stj 
Norwalk Brethren Church, Norwalk, California 

Brethren Elementary (K-6th) 
Grace Brethren Church, San Bernardino, California 

Grace Christian School (Pre-K-6th) 
Community Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, Cali- 
Brethren Elementary & Junior High School 
Grace Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Grace Brethren Kindergarten (Pre-K-K) 
Grace Brethren Church, North Lauderdale, Florida 

Grace Brethren Kindergarten (Pre-K-K) 
Bethel Brethren Church, Osceola, Indiana 
Brethren Christian Schools (Pre-K- 12th) 

PASTOR KNUTE LARSON, executive director of GBC 
Christian Education, speaks at a chapel service of the Lake- 
land Christian Academy in Winona Lake, Ind., where former 
CE director Howard Mayes is the administrator. Howard con- 
tinues to serve GBC Christian Education in the capacity of 
consultant in education. 

In addition to schools specifically operated by churches 
of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, there are a 
growing number of independent schools such as Lakeland 
with significant involvement by Brethren churches and 
people. (Photo by Cordon Austin) 

Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Indiana 

Warsaw Christian School (Pre-K-6th) 
Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington, 
Temple Hills, Maryland 

Grace Brethren Christian School (Pre-K-9th) 
Brethren Home Missions Council, Inc. 

Brethren Navajo Mission and Boarding School (Pre- 
First Brethren Church, Taos, New Mexico 

Brethren Church Kindergarten (K) 
Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio 

Ashland Christian School (K-7th) 
Grace Brethren Church, Worthington, Ohio 

Worthington Christian Schools (Pre-K-12th) 
Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, 

Grace Christian School (K-6th) 
Grace Brethren Church, Alexandria, Virginia 

Grace Christian Academy (Pre-K-lst) 



* Average attendance of all reporting Sun- 

i ~rv-:r 

day Schools"— January 1976—162; Janu- 

, ■ 




ary 1977-153. 
*Growth index based on 172 reporting 







January 1976 weekly average attend- 



A - 

Whittier, Calif. 





o z. 

B - 
C - 

St. Petersburg, Fla. 
Sunnyside, Wash. 

John Mayes 
William Tweeddale 
John Terrell 

Robert Wilson 
Rendell Weekley 
James O'Malley 

January 1977 weekly average attend- 

Net Loss in reporting churches-1,1 76 per- 
sons or down 4.3 percent 


-C 3 

D - 

Seal Beach, Calif. 

Roy Roberts 

Mike Ryan 



01 5 

E - 

Columbus, Ohio 

66 churches registered increases totaling— 

£ c 1 
-a t ■ 

F - 

(East Side) 
Peru, Ind. 

Richard Sellers 
James Marshall 

Roger Mills 
Steve Jackson 

96 churches registered losses totaling— 



G - 

Okeechobee, Fla. 

Charles Davis 
Galen Wiley 

Steve Rogers 

Largest numerical increase— North Lauder- 

~" ^ 

H - 
1 - 

Minerva, Ohio 
North Lauderdale, 

Bob Christen 

dale. Fla. 
Largest percentage increase— North Laud- 
erdale, Fla. 


53 o. 

J - 

Aiken, S.C. 

Jack Peters, Jr. 
Steve Taylor 

Durwood Brooks 
Tom Ridenour 

'The larger the number of reporting 
churches, the more accurately these figures 


N - 

Centerville, Ohio 

Sam Grice 

will represent the church growth picture of 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 



RECORD ATTENDANCES: Richmond, Va.-58, North Lauderdale, Fla- 
177, Covington, Ohio-93, St. Petersburg, Fla.-440, Spokane, Wash. -97. 

We urge the total support of the churches of 
the FGBC in this computer-evaluated 
church growth analysis which is provided 

1*^1 ■ 

free of charge to churches of the Fellowship 


< if 

by the Christian Education Department. 



(Addresses may be found on pages 31 and 32 of the 1977 Brethren 


Mrs. Larry L. Pfahler May 1 7 


Michael Andrew Hoyt May 8, 1975 

Kathryn Ann Hoyt May 13, 1974 

Philip Anthony Hoyt May 16, 1971 


Maria Elza Schwartz May 5, 1971 

Mrs. Earle C. Hodgdon May 13 

Nathan Allan Johnson May 14, 1959 

Mrs. Ernest H. Bearinger May 15 


Mrs. Larry A. DeArmey May 5 

Mr. Larry A. DeArmey May 9 

Mrs. David W. Shargel May 23 


Mrs. James P. Dowdy May 4 


Pres.-Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
2nd V. Pres.-Mis. Walter Fretz, 413 Woos- 

ter Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Secy.-Mrs. George Christie, 417 Allison 

Way, Goldendale, Wash. 98620 
Asst. Secy.-Mrs. Sally Neely, 565 Stony- 
ridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45 37 3 
Fin. Secy .-Treas.- Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 

National WMC.) 
Asst. Fin. Secy.-Mrs. Thomas Inman, 2244 

Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Lit. Secy.-Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 8, 

Box 157, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Richard Sellers, 4661 

Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 

Statistics show that American families move more than once every four 

Is your family one of those who help make up this statistic? If so, you 
know that unsettled feeling of having to look for a new place to live. 
Often the new place just doesn't seem like home for a long time. 
Perhaps there comes a time when you build that dream house and settle 
down for good. How wonderful! 

The Norm Johnson family has moved into a new home this year which 
they helped to construct in the city of Uberlandia, South Brazil, where 
they are serving the Lord with Brethren Foreign Missions. What a joy it 
must be for them to have a new home, and we pray that will be the 
place where many find Christ as Saviour in years to come. 

Your gift of at least $2 toward this National WMC project would total 
nearly $9,000 toward the cost of $30,000. -Mrs. Jesse Deloe, project 

Only $2 

From each of you 

Will help us do 

Great things for God this year. 


The mission study for your April 
WMC meeting is not included in 
your packet. Look for it in the up- 
coming March WMC pages in the 
Brethren Missionary Herald. 

MARCH 1, 1977 

Q5fo Q&earch 0fQ$€idden O&eauty 

Alone- But Not Alone 

When tragedy strikes we tend to ask why? Why 
me, Lord? Why break up a very happy, ministering 
family when so many bitterly unhappy, frustrated 
families are left intact? Don't we need more well- 
adjusted Christian families and less divorce? Well, the 
answer to these questions is first of all that we don't 
need to question God. His ways are perfect. 

On the side of human reasoning, it was obvious 
that my husband's work was done, and, incredible as 
it seems, God must have a ministry for me that I can 
do better alone. Eleanor Page, whose bubble of joy 
burst when her husband, Colonel George Page, died, 
states in the March 1976 Moody Monthly, "God 
never separates a couple unnecessarily; if a woman is 
left behind, the Lord has something for her to 
do. ... I believe God had me marry George Page be- 
cause he wanted me to teach generals' wives." It has 
never occurred to me before reading this article that 
my marriage was not an end, but a stepping stone 
toward an ever-enlarging ministry. 

My husband and I were deeply concerned about 
the need of a Christian high school in our area. Short- 
ly after his death the plans were laid for such a 
school, and I've had the thrill of pioneering in this 
project so dear to both of us. It almost seems as if 
God has released me so I can spend more time and 
energy on this project. And I have the joy of doing 
this for both of us. 

Perhaps the single family head searches her heart 
most concerning her children. Will the children de- 
velop normally in this lopsided family situation? It is 
remarkable how God moves in and becomes a father 
to the fatherless as He promised. At my last parent- 
teacher conferences both of my children's teachers 
remarked specifically how well adjusted my children 
were. It seemed as if God were simply saying to me: 
"See, I'm a father to them. They won't be malad- 
justed." In fact, I've had to admit to myself that God 
has "spanked" the children better than George could 
have done. 

But still don't we need a physical mate, especially 
those of us who have known such a beautiful relation- 
ship with our husbands? Again God steps in and says 
in Isaiah 54:4-5, "Fear not; for thou shalt not be 
ashamed . . . and shalt not remember the reproach of 
thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine 
husband; the Lord of hosts is Ins name. . . ." Once in 
a while when I've felt very blue I'd say to myself, "I 
can't cry now because of the children, but just wait 
until tonight!" Then at night the Lord would put His 
loving arms about me and there just wasn't anything 
to cry about. 

Mrs. George Cone 

Two verses have meant very much to me. One is 
John 15:11: "These things have I spoken unto 
you . . . that your joy might be full." Because of 
God's Word and His presence with me I can expect 
fullness of joy. When I really believe this promise, the 
joy comes. Another is John 10:10: "I am come that 
they might have life, and that they might have it 
more abundantly." Although I sometimes distinctly 
feel that half of me is gone, I still expect a full life 
from the Lord; and He gives it to me in ways too 
numerous to enumerate. Praise His name! He meets 
us where we are and fills our lives with all the good 
things He has in store for each of His own! 

WMC Editor's Note: Mrs. Cone, widow of the late 
George E. Cone, served on a Brethren Foreign Mission 
field-the Central African Empire-for more than 16 
years. Presently she lives in Winona Lake and teaches 
in the local Lakeland Christian Academy. 


Final article in the series on the 1976-77 WMC Birthday Missionaries — 

When I think of myself as a mis- 
sionary, II Corinthians 3:5 expresses 
how I feel: "Not that we are sufficient 
of ourselves Mo think any thing as of 
ourselves; but our sufficiency is of 
God." All the credit must be given to 
God, who "is the strength of my heart, 
and my portion for ever." 

The Lord was preparing me for the 
work in France, without my even 
knowing it, during my childhood and 
youth. My first step of faith, which 
I'm sure was quite small, was my pub- 
lic decision for the Lord when I was 
about seven years of age. At that time 
I knew I was a sinner and needed to be 
forgiven and to let Jesus into rny 
heart. Of course, this faith was very 
childlike, but sincere even at that 
young age. 

Fortunately, I have Christian par- 
ents who insisted on my attending 
church and Sunday School. During 
childhood and teenage years I was sur- 
rounded by many loving and encourag- 
ing Christian teachers and friends. 
Even though I was fed by the Word 
each week, I was not always a good 
doer. But the Lord is patient and 
knows each of His children, and He 
treats them accordingly. 

As do most young people, I en- 
joyed camps, youth rallies, and fun 
times. But deep in my heart I knew 
there was more to Christianity than 
having a good time. The world is not 
an easy place to live in, and we as 
Christians have a big responsibility be- 
fore us. Sure, I could serve Him as 
SMM president, as youth treasurer, or 
singing in a trio, but I knew there was 
more to it than that. 

By the time I reached my sopho- 
more year in high school, I felt a real 
need for higher education. Even 
though pressing financial problems 
faced my family, I felt the Lord was 
leading me to Grace College. Though 
not always easy, my four years at 
Grace were some of the best prepa- 
ration years of my life. Learning to 
live with other people, studying the 
Bible, relating to others, good Chris- 
tian fun and dating were some of the 
highlights of my experiences at Grace. 

The summer after my junior year at 
Grace I made a final commitment of 
giving myself to the Lord for full-time 
Christian service. The future was all 

A, QftPornan 
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Mrs. Larry DeArmey 

very vague, and I had no definite plans 
about what I wanted to do. His will 
was my will. 

It wasn't long after that that I met 
Larry DeArmey, who had just spent 
1 5 months with the Tom Julien family 
in France. Larry had been helping out 
at the Chateau de Saint-Albain. By 
sheer coincidence I was a suite-mate of 
his sister's. That fall of 1966 Larry and 
I started dating, and immediately I be- 
gan to get acquainted with the land of 
France. Many of our evenings were 
spent looking at slides of France; and 
naturally, Larry wanted to know my 
future intentions and whether I could 
seriously consider living in another 

Those months of thinking and con- 
sidering weren't always easy, and 
many doubts entered my thinking. 
What is the Lord's will? How can we 
be 100 percent sure of what He wants? 
All I can say is that He doesn't spell 
things out for us or send an illumi- 
nation from the sky with the answer 
written on it. But if we are seeking His 
will and have let Him lead in the 
smaller details of our lives, these "big- 
ger" decisions are much easier. We can 
step out in faith and say, "OK, Lord, 
You have shown me this and this; and 
though the area over here isn't too 
clear, I am going to go ahead with 
what You have given me and trust You 
for the rest." This is what 1 did when I 
accepted Larry's proposal for marriage 
and possible future service in France. 

On August 26, 1971, in the fourth 
year of our marriage, we sailed from 
New York City to LeHavre, France, 
with our little one-year-old daughter, 
Ginette Mireille. After language study 
we moved to where we are now— 
Macon, France. The past four and a 
half years have been real growth years 
in my Christian life. Going many, 

many miles away from familiar sur- 
roundings, family, and friends has had 
its ups and downs. In the Psalms David 
instructs us as from the Lord: "I will 
instruct thee and teach thee in the way 
which thou shalt go: I will guide thee 
with mine eye." He is still doing this in 
a country that is so wrapped up in 
traditional Catholicism, and blind to 
the loving and saving knowledge of 
Jesus Christ. When I stand on my 
sixth-floor balcony and look out over 
the 50 or more apartment buildings 
that surround ours, realizing that only 
a handful of these 50,000 inhabitants 
know Christ on a personal basis and 
only 10 percent of the others have 
even heard of His saving grace, I can't 
help feeling overwhelmed by the task 
that is before us. 

The Lord has blessed us with two 
more lovely children since we came to 
France: Marc Alain and Luc Aaron, 
who were three and two, respectively, 
this past November. Having children of 
my own has given me a real burden to 
reach the French children in our neigh- 
borhood. For the last three years I 
have helped with the weekly Child 
Evangelism club. There has not been a 
great deal of fruit, but many seeds 
have been planted, and we are trusting 
the Lord for the results. My biggest 
responsibility has been in the home, 
caring for three little ones and being 
available to those God sends to our 
door. Some days I can get done what / 
had planned to do, but other days the 
Lord has bigger and better things in 
store. Our work is a "people work"— 
the greatest work in the world, I think. 
It is exhausting sometimes, and we 
don't always see spectacular results; 
but we know the Lord is using us here 
in the country of France, and I would 
like to be a Woman Manifesting Christ 
in all I do. 

MARCH 1, 1977 

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in the program 



H Newest News 

BOONE (EP) — The oldest radio station west of the 
Mississippi River — KFGQ, Boone, Iowa — is celebra- 
ting half a century of Christian broadcasting. 

A new service is being offered at the library in 
Los Altos Brethren Church (Long Beach, Calif.). 
Those who wish to stretch their sewing dollars 
are urged to bring in their old sewing patterns 
and trade for others. Pattern exchange — a fair 

Dr. and Mrs. Jake Kliever (veteran missionaries 
to the Chad) were welcomed home (Feb. 9) to the 
USA by a bus load of well-wishers from their "home 
church" — Middlebranch, Ohio. 

Leslie Knavel is the new Bus Minister replacing 
Jack Peters, Jr., at the Riverside Grace Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

A double special was held at the Bellf lower Brethren Church (Bellf lower, Calif.) as 
they celebrated Homecoming Day and the dedication of their new, long-awaited sanctu- 
ary. Feb. 13 was the special day. 

The Northeastern Ohio District is again hosting an excursion to Cedar Point, June 3- 
All Brethren youth who will have completed grades 9 thru 12 are invited. Youth spon 
sors interested should contact Rev. Gerald Kelley, Grace Brethren Church, P.O. Box 4 
Middlebranch, Ohio 44652. 

Bryson Fetters of Berne, Ind., was called home by his Heavenly Father on Feb. 1. Mr 
Fetters was a well-known layman, having faithfully served on the Board of Ministeria 
Emergency and Retirement Benefits, and the Board of Evangelism, and for 21 years on 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Board. His wise counsel accompanied by his humble 
spirit was a blessing to the Brethren Church. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP) — "Born Again," Charles Colson's account of his involvement i 
the Watergate scandal and his subsequent conversion experience in late 1973, will be 
filmed as a "secular" motion picture. It will be a "major motion picture," with a 
budget of $3 to $5 million, featuring several major stars. 

Who tops this? Grace Brethren Church, Worthington, Ohio (Columbus), had a total 
Sunday morning worship service attendance (8:30, 9:50, 11:15) of 2,044 on Jan. 23. 

Archie Griffin, two-time Heisman trophy winner and running back for the Cincinnati 
Bengals, will be featured speaker May 21 at the Annual Athletic Awards Banquet for 
Brethren Christian Schools, Osceola, Ind. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP) — The board of directors of Christianit y Toda y magazine have 
voted to relocate the magazine's headquarters from rented space in the capital to 
Carol Stream, 111., directly north of Wheaton. All but two of the veteran editorial 
staff members voted to remain in the present offices near the White House. 

Reflections By Still Waters 

{phoqhaM without Wuiion 

Ow-Uttmkd Bmph 

Charles W. Turner 

An awesome dilemma confronts me, pricking my 
conscience, each time I approach and step on my 
bathroom scales. Also I get uptight when the suit 
salesman approaches and says, "you are about a 42," 
when I remember so well the perfect fit of a 36. 
These little reminders make it necessary for me to eat 
light and to exercise with some degree of consistency. 
As is true of so many things, consistency is a gem and 
so hard to find. In the summer months it is not so 
bad. I can pull myself away from the television set 
about 9:30 on a beautiful evening and jog around the 
block. All I have to fear is fear itself, which takes the 
form of holes in the road into which I could step, or a 
couple of English Sheep dogs that are not at all mean, 
just a little too friendly and want some attention. 

All of this is good for the summer, spring and fall 
but winter is something else. And this winter in Indi- 
ana was certainly something else! Winona had snow 
piled up to 1 and 1 2 feet along our fair frozen lake. 
Cold has been cold beyond description with winds 
and blowing snow. In spite of all of this, jogging is 
still going on here at Winona; but I can't tell you who 
is doing it because anyone you see is so bundled up— 
two eyes showing, and that's it. 

There has to be an answer. So last winter we found 
it— an exercise bicycle. It is in the Turner bedroom 
and it has one front wheel, a speedometer, and an 
odometer. There is a tension wheel to make it harder 
to work when the need arises. To the present time I 
have found no need to make it any tougher on myself 
by using this tension to increase my torture. There 
are hundreds of miles on it, mostly put there by the 
blond feminine member of the household, my wife, 

The exercise bicycle has certain characteristics 
which do not appeal to me. The main thing is there is 
a lot of motion but never any progress. This goes 
against a lot of basic principles in my life. I just do 
not like the idea. No matter how hard I pedal the 
scenery never changes. There is the bed and the 
dresser and the old trunk thai my grandfather hauled 
across the country years ago when he came from Ire- 

land. But as I glance at the mirror it reminds me I am 
there only pedaling, not really getting any place. I 
have the motion, but I am not making progress. 

So much of our lives is filled with this same prob- 
lem. True, there is a lot of motion, but no evidence of 
progress to show for the effort. The church is often a 
frightening example of this. The hours of labor ex- 
pended through organizations and meetings result in 
little if any progress for God. It is not that we plan it 
this way, but these are the results. I am an interested 
observer often at business meetings at district confer- 
ences. They can become classic examples of this 
Much Motion-Little Progress theory of mine. Each 
year one item will dominate the average district con- 
ference consuming three-quarters of the time. Every- 
one knows that the final approved motion will be 
forgotten after the noon lunch hour, but that matters 
little. Each detail is explored and pursued, hashed, 
rehashed, broiled, baked and fondued. Sometimes it 
is burned and when it is well done and sufficient 
tempers have been exercised, it is set for its proper 
burial plot in the minutes of this year's meetings. 
There it remains, never to be revived or mourned. 

If I should sound like one who is anti- district 
conference business-meeting oriented, remember I am 
exposed to about ten of them a year and have the 
memories to prove it. But this is just one little ex- 
ample of the church in motion— without progress. I 
have often said it is better to try something you think 
to be of value than never to try anything for fear of 
failure. There are churches that will debate but never 
do. They will talk but never try. They will meet but 
seldom get into motion. 

Our exercise bike is now at the 300-mile indicator 
but it has not moved a foot. It has done some good 
for those who have used it, for it has served its pur- 
pose. But it is a reminder that if you really want to go 
some place it would be well to get another wheel. 
And it would be well to remind ourselves as churches 
that it is good to meet, but we need another wheel if 
we are to make progress. And that will change our 
talk into an active walk. 




Glorifying God 4 

South Moving North 6 

Black Is Beautiful 8 

Anti-Semitism 9 

A Step of Faith 10 

BMH News Summary 12 

Grace News Notes 14 

Life Inside 16 

Editorially Speaking 19 

Our Cover Photo: Stone Mountain, a his- 
toric landmark of the South and reportedly 
the largest solid body of exposed granite, is 
near Atlanta, Georgia. This scene from near- 
by Stone Mountain Park is symbolic of the 
southern beauty and its progress. (Photo by 
Dr. L. E. Pifer) 

in the 

«J 5 Years Ago- 1942 

Ground was broken for the new 
Brethren Church at North River- 
dale (Dayton), Ohio, and Norman 
Uphouse took the first shovel 
ful . . . The report for the 1942 
Home Missions Offering is in and it 
totals S3 1,419 .. . The Ambassadors 
of Grace from the seminary were re- 
ported to have a successful tour of 
Southern California— J. Keith Altig 
(saxophone), Lawrence Lawlor (saxo- 
phone), Gamer Hoyt (trombone), and 
Harold Mayer (leader). 



□ It's nice to not always be "over- 
zilched" with color. Thanks for the 
finest, most contemporary cover 
photo of your past few years! And 
I save back issues, tool— Indiana 

Volume 39, Number 6, March 15, 1977 

Published bimonthly by 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Printed by BMH Printing 

Production Manager, Bruce Bnckel 


Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman 

Editorial Secretary 

Fern L. Sandy 

Years Ago-1962 

Los Altos (Calif.) Brethren Church be- 
comes self-supporting . . . The Gay Street 
Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md., is 
dedicated, and the speaker for the occasion 
was Rev. Ralph Hall ... Dr. A. J. McClain 
has requested retirement from the presi 
dency of Grace Theological Seminary. 

J Years Ago-1972 
Indianapolis, Ind., announces it will go self- 
supporting . . . Sherwood Durkee has accepted 
the call to become pastor of the Johnson City 
(Tenn.) congregation . . . The new pastor of the 
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., congregation is Merlin 
Berkey .... 

Dear Indiana, 

I am glad you like the Grace Schools 
cover of January 15. It was beauti- 
ful and it was also very typical. 
With the coldest winter in history, 
the snow scene could not have 
come at a more appropriate time. 
But I am concerned about "over- 
zilching" you with color. We here 
at the Herald do not even like to 
''zilch" people, let alone "over- 
zilch" them. 

We are proud of the colors presented 
by the different boards: Grace 
Schools, Brethren Foreign Missions, 
Brethren Home Missions and those 
we present from the Herald Co. 
They have been so well received by 
our Fellowship and have added 
much to the general appearance of 
the magazine. It is also wise to have 
variety since the tastes of people 
are so vastly different. 
It is good you were "un-zilched" 
by this cover.— CWT 

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MARCH 1, 1977 


Pastor Gilbert Hawkins 

Our Lord Jesus Christ always wants 
us to bring honor and glory to Him. 
He has saved us and left us here for 
that purpose. For that reason He 
established local churches across our 

North America, which two short 
centuries ago was a land occupied with 
people warring against each other, kill- 
ing and destroying, has become the 
breadbasket of the world. Millions of 
tons of foodstuffs have left our shores 
for those of other lands. God has 
taken a wilderness and turned it into a 
garden and from it is feeding a hungry 

But on another note that is similar, 
God has caused America to become 
the spiritual breadbasket of the world. 
Thousands of our sons and daughters 
have left this land to carry the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ to others, and hundreds 
of thousands of dollars have gone with 

them to feed spiritually underfed 
people of other lands. A land of spirit- 
ual dearth has become a land of great 
spiritual activity. Praise the Lord! 

Now, if this is to continue we will 
have to build more churches here at 
home that are interested in reaching 

our world for the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Evangelization of every generation is 
the obligation of the entire church. 

This was in the mind of some men 
of the Michigan District in the early 
60s when they met and prayerfully 
considered Jackson, Michigan, as a 


location for a new Brethren church. 
(At least one of those men in that 
original meeting has already departed 
to the homeland.) We met and sur- 
veyed the area and challenged every- 
one we knew to encourage and help us 
in this endeavor. Our Lord opened 
doors, and as He did so, we carefully 
walked through them. In August of 
1961 Pastor Hawkins and family, who 
had already served seven years in 
Michigan, moved to Jackson on a self- 
support basis to lead this new group. 
(God supplied the livelihood in various 
ways.) In the fall of 1961 a schedule 
of services was started in an office 
building. The group grew and in the 
spring of 1962 the group was organ- 
ized and began paying the pastor $10 
per week. We continued to meet there 
for about two years. Then a one-room 
school building close by was about to 
be vacated. The building was on ap- 
proximately two acres of land. The 
Lord opened the door so this property 
could be leased and this continued for 
another two to three years. Then the 
property became available for pur- 
chase. By this time the Lord had given 
us a friend in the real estate business 
who helped us in securing the building 
and land. (He and his wife were Breth- 
ren people from Uniontown, Pennsyl- 
vania, who had moved to Jackson 20 
years before. They have since gone on 
to heaven.) Rev. Ralph Hall was con- 
tacted and he quickly approved the 
property as a future building site. A 
loan was secured by way of the Breth- 
ren Investment Foundation, and the 
school property had new owners. 

God continued to lead and the 
group grew and people were saved and 
added to the church. During these 
years The Brethren Home Missions 
Council gave valuable assistance in ad- 
ministration, oversight, encouragement 
and advice. Without this help there 
probably would not have been a Breth- 
ren church here today. 

In the fall of 1969 we had out- 
grown the school building and were in- 
volved in building plans which were 
soon brought to fruition. The Lord 
had the right man living close by who 
was willing to supervise the project 
and allow all the volunteer help that 
we wanted to offer. At this point, 
Jackson became a Home Mission point 
and began to receive financial help at 
which time the pastor took on full- 
time responsibilities. 

God has led and many have been 
saved. Some have already gone to 
heaven, some have moved away, others 
of the original group have moved and 
are working in other Brethren 
churches. One family who was with us 
for a period of time is now serving the 
Lord in Quito, Ecuador, South Ameri- 
ca. We partially support one mission- 
ary in Africa. So we praise the Lord 
for opportunities and privileges that 
we have been given in Jackson, Michi- 

Satan has brought some dark and 
discouraging days which have caused 
us to reflect on the Word of our Lord. 
"If ye were of the world, the world 
would love his own: but because ye 
are not of the world, but I have chosen 
you out of the world, therefore the 
world hateth you" (John 15:19). 
"These things I have spoken unto you, 
that in me ye might have peace. In the 
world ye shall have tribulation: but be 
of good cheer; I have overcome the 
world" (John 16:33). Brethren, it is 
great to know that we are on the win- 
ner's side, isn't it? 

Another part of the ministry in 
Jackson is a special prison ministry. 

tinue. Some of our Brethren mission- 
aries as well as Bible institute students 
have gone into the prison with the 
pastor. Gospel teams have also been 
taken in. God is moving in this place. 
Brethren Home Missions has had a real 
part in this ministry. These men have 
approved of the time taken for such a 
work. God keeps the records, and who 
will know this side of heaven all the 
results? Our task is to be faithful. 

Jackson may have been a "baby" (a 
Home Missions point) a little longer 
than some other places (some babies 
grow faster than others), but we be- 
lieve we have been led by the Lord 
Jesus Christ all the way. On January 1, 
1977, we took a step of faith to be- 
come self-supporting. We have debts 
and deficits, but a great God! Praise 
the Lord. Will you continue to pray 
for us? Two years ago the Lord gave us 
a good 1965 International bus for the 
unheard-of price of $257. Our main- 
tenance has been less than $100, but 
several boys, girls and adults have come 
to know the Lord as a result of this 
bus ministry. Some have become faith- 
ful members of the Lord's work here 
and are serving with joy and gladness. 

Jackson is the home of the world's 
largest enclosed prison. (Approxi- 
mately 5,000 men are incarcerated 
here.) The pastor was invited by one 
of the chaplains to have a Bible class 
there more than six years ago. He has 
continued to the present to teach, 
preach and counsel one or two times a 
week. Many letters, calls and visits 
have resulted from this work. Not long 
ago a tithe, in the form of a check, was 
received by the church from one to 
whom the pastor had ministered. 
Many are now saved and living Chris- 
tian lives who were former prisoners. 
Our church has at times shifted pro- 
grams so that this ministry can con- 

At the 1976 conference of the Fel- 
lowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
we were urged to bring honor and 
glory to our Lord Jesus Christ. We 
want to continue to do so here in 
Jackson. God has some great saints 
here in the Jackson Grace Brethren 
Church. Many of them are carrying a 
heavy load of spiritual responsibilities. 
Please remember them in prayer. Bus 
drivers, teachers, bookkeepers, main- 
tenance workers, visitation workers, 
telephone solicitors, prayer warriors, 
and so on, all have a very vital part in 
God's work. We have sought to put 
everyone to work, if at all possible, 
filling a vital spot for our Lord. 

MARCH 15, 1977 




William A. Byers 

Southern Field Representative 

Brethren Home Missions Council 

BHM Editor's Note: Rev. William Byers pioneered the first Brethren church in the state of Georgia at 
Atlanta. The city of Atlanta is referred to as the "Hub" of the southeast growth and expansion. It was the 
first Grace Brethren Church between Tennessee and Florida. Mr. Byers now serves as the southern repre- 
sentative for The Brethren Home Missions Council. 

If it is a new era for the Deep South 
producing a president for our country, 
it is also a new era for the Grace Breth- 
ren! Yes— out of Southeast USA now 
blossoms new churches with vast 
promise of special strength and every 
enthusiasm of progress. There is no 
paradox here. It seems rather to be 
one working hand in hand with the 
other. Specifically we mean as the 
South shares the growth and acclaim 
of the North, our Brethren people in 
the South rejoice over the exciting 
news of new beginning and growth ac- 
compl ish men ts in their own 
churches— blessings from the Lord. 

Whatever views are shared political- 
ly, it is evident that with Jimmy Car- 
ter's election to the highest office in 
the world, the doors have been locked 
to the old Civil War feud. If the 
"South has not risen again," as the old 

saying goes, it has certainly been used 
of the Lord upon this occasion to say 
to the world there is more to being a 
Christian than a mere philosophy. 
While these few remarks are not in- 
tended to manifest ardent admiration 
for Jimmy Carter's politics, it is to be 
noted that he is the only recent presi- 
dent to profess a conservative, funda- 
mental testimony for Christ! One of 
his recent quotes manifest this: "We 
are not saved because we are Ameri- 
cans, or Baptists, or because we come 
from a community that is stable, or 
because our parents are Christians. We 
are saved because God loves us. We are 
saved by grace through one required 
attitude— that is, faith in Christ." 

All of this focuses attention on the 
Southeast of our great country. None- 
theless is the spiritual focus on our 
Southeast Home Mission churches. 

Starting from our furthest southern 
point in Florida, North Lauderdale re- 
cently reports attendances jumping to 
more than double within two months' 
time. Pastor Jack Peters, Jr., relates 
the good news of their Super-Sunday 
running over 200! Souls are being 
saved and they are fast on their way to 
self-support! Coming up the coast to 


Ormond Beach, Florida, Pastor Gary 
Cole announced to us his new, success- 
ful program of Ormond Beach Blitz! 
His congregation is now visiting nearly 
100 homes a week. In the month of 
January when I visited this congrega- 
tion, I witnessed another couple com- 
ing to Christ and standing at the altar 
of the church on January 23. Our 
Ormond Beach church owns their 
land, free of debt, and are planning on 
starting their new building this year. 

Over now to Orlando, Florida, 
where we see the pastor, John Diaz, 
and his people excitedly reviewing 
their progress in a new church building 
recently dedicated. There has been a 
regular growth with no real slow down 
since the beginning of this fine church. 

Our newest church in Florida is in 
Brooksville. Pastor William Willard an- 
nounces a change in the place of wor- 
ship as they now meet in a new school. 
His people are really excited about get- 
ting this building and are working hard 
to continue their growth. Two more 
families were added in the month of 
January. How we praise the Lord for 
this growth! 

For many years in the Southeast 
USA it has been difficult to keep up 
with the industrial North. However, in 
recent times the advances have shown 
the rate of growth to be astounding. 
Two more Brethren churches now lo- 
cated in South Carolina, and Bible 
classes forming in North Carolina show 
the Brethren are on the move with the 

Rev. William Byers with Rev. Marion Thomas 

South 's acclaim. Anderson, South 
Carolina, with Pastor Marion Thomas, 
dedicated a beautiful new building in 
February, and they are showing regu- 
lar growth and tremendous enthusiasm 
in their community. Pastor Steve Tay- 
lor reports from their church in Aiken, 
South Carolina, that they own 16 
acres of prime land and are looking 
forward to building a church and 
Christian day school facilities. This 
church had an average increase of 91 
percent in attendance over last year in 
morning church attendance, 107 per- 
cent in Sunday School, 43 percent in 
evening service, 150 percent in prayer 
meeting, and 71 percent increase in of- 

The secret to our wonderful free- 

dom in our great country is our meas- 
ure of unity— North, South, East and 
West. This is also the joy we share as 
Brethren when we see the spiritual 
growth and numbers increase in Breth- 
ren Home Missions! God has called us 
all to this ministry and it is happening 
before our eyes. 

"Faithful is he that calleth you, 
who also will do it" (1 Thess. 5:24). 
These are great days! "He" is doing it. 

MARCH 15, 1977 

The Lord has tremendously blessed the Home Mis- 
sions Council in a financial way in 1976. For the past 
four years the Council has ended its financial year in 
the black, and 1976 was no exception— making it five 
in a row. This financial blessing has enabled the Home 
Missions Council to improve its financial condition 
and eliminate any borrowing for operations. No ac- 
countant likes to see red. And certainly everyone 
likes to see financial statements in the black. 

The offering goal which was set for 1976 called for 
an increase of $62,000 or 12 percent over last year's 
level. This was a tremendous task for the individuals 
throughout the Fellowship to take on, but with the 
close of our year we're happy to report that this has 
been accomplished. Not only was our offering goal of 
$580,000 met but exceeded! When the final offerings 
were counted the total amount received was 
$593,000, a whopping 14V2 percent increase over the 
previous year. Any organization is totally remiss if it 
at any time forgets the source of its income. We real- 
ize that we have a very supportive constituency of 
contributors to Home Missions, and we thank each 
one of them for their part in making 1976 so success- 
ful. To each one of you who contributed, whether 
through a Minute-Man appeal, a direct contribution, 
or by designation through your local church, we 
thank you for your financial support. 

With the acceptance of contributions from our 
Brotherhood is coupled the responsibility to answer 
to each individual who supported Home Missions as 
to how the funds were spent. But before going into 
that discussion it would first behoove us to look at 
how we actually met our budget. Our total budget 
was set at $681,000, and we actually spent $689,000 
or an overage of $8,000 which is directly attributed 
to our Direct Assistance categories. We had some ad- 
ditional expenses in our Jewish work due to the Lord 
providing needed personnel in the middle of the 
budget year. However we are glad we can have an 
adequate staff as an answer to our prayers. 

I know there may be a question in your mind as to 
how we spent $689,000 and only received $593,000. 
That, of course, is a very good question. The only 
answer is that it's just a gracious provision of the 
Lord to send us estate funds and property funds 
which were not anticipated. If it had not been for 
these funds we would have actually ended up the year 
in the red instead of the black. 

But now as to how we spent the funds. A total of 
$484,000 was expended to maintain our 46 churches, 
Navajo and Jewish missions. This represented over 70 
percent of our total budget and 82 percent of the 
total offering funds received. The remaining amount 
was spent for administrative costs, promotional costs, 
and annuity payments. We at Home Missions want to 
thank each one of you for your consistent prayers 
and financial support. Had it not been for each indi- 
vidual seeing the need of Home Missions and making 
his support such that we exceeded our offering goal 
and the Lord providing estate funds and property 
funds, we would not have been able to end this year 
in the black. 

David R. Grant 

Of course, as we leave a successful old year we 
must anticipate the needs of the coming new year. 
Nineteen seventy-seven indeed proves to be a very 
awesome-looking year financially speaking. Our offer- 
ings will need to go to $690,000 to support the 1977 
budget. This represents almost a $100,000 increase or 
16.4 percent. We would ask each one of you to care- 
fully consider these needs for 1977. You may want to 
review your past giving to see if you could improve 
on it to meet the increase for 1977. Perhaps you were 
unable to give last year but would like to become a 
corporation member this year so you could join with 
the functions of the Council as far as electing direc- 
tors and helping in the business of the Council. All 
that is needed to become a member of the corpora- 
tion is a $5 contribution. To have life membership 
status a total of $100 would need to be given. The 
offering goal is set, the plan for Home Missions this 
year is established, now as you consider the 1977 goal 
we pray you will consider it carefully and remember 
that black is indeed beautiful. 


How would you like to have 
your name written on the bottom 
of people's shoes and have them 
stamp the ground at the thought of 
you? It is said that certain Jews 
have done this with the name of 
Haman. Some historical records tell 
us also that during the Feast of 
Purim, as the Book of Esther was 
read in the synagogue, when the 
name of Haman was mentioned, the 
Jews would again stamp their feet 
and make a lot of noise. 

Haman was a Jew hater. He was 
not the first, nor will he be the last. 
Anti-Semitism has been present 
from the first day God called the 
nation of Israel into being and will 
be here until God has completed 
His purpose in and through this 
Chosen People. 

Opposition to the Jews is satani- 
cally motivated. This is clearly 
taught throughout the Bible, but 
perhaps the most articulate state- 
ment to be found is that which is 
given to us by John in Revelation, 
chapter 12. From the beginning 
God promised a blessing to those 
that bless the Jew and He pro- 
nounced a curse upon those who 
curse them. Hitler stands as a prime 
example of the curse in modern 
days; Haman is a classic example 
from the Old Testament period. 

"Because Haman the son of 
Hammedatha, the Agagite, the 
enemy of all the Jews, had devised 
against the lews to destroy them, 
and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to 
consume them, and to destroy 
them; but when Esther came before 


Doyle Miller 

the king, he commanded by letters 
that his wicked devise, which he 
devised against the Jews, should re- 
turn upon his own head, and that 
he and his sons should be hanged 
on the gallows. Wherefore they 
called these days Purim after the 
name of Pur. Therefore for all the 
words of this letter, and of that 
which they had seen concerning 
this matter, and which had come 
unto them, the Jews ordained, and 
took upon them, and upon their 
seed, and upon all such as joined 
themselves unto them, so as it 
should not fail, that they would 
keep these two days according to 
their writing, and according to their 
appointed time every year; and that 
these days should be remembered 
and kept throughout every gener- 
ation, every family, every province, 
and every city; and that these days 
of Purim should not fail from 
among the Jews, nor the memorial 
of them perish from their seed" 
(Esther 9:24-28). 

The Feast of Purim is not a 
major feast day for the Jews. It is a 
day of remembrance— remembering 
how God delivered the Jews from 
the slaughter that had been planned 
by Haman. Thus the feast is a joy- 
ful celebrating. 

Children have a large part in the 
activities. Many times plays and 
parodies are given to express their 
joy and happiness. A Purim feast or 
dinner is sometimes prepared to 
which family and friends are in- 
vited. Hamantashen, a tricorne pas- 
try filled with poppy seeds, and a 
pastry filled with meat called Krap- 
lach, are often served at these oc- 

Anti-Semitism is very much pres- 

ent today. It is seen in many forms. 
It ranges from subtle discrimi- 
nations to out-and-out threats of 
annihilation by pushing Israel into 
the sea. Acts of terrorism against 
the Israeli are commonplace all 
around the world. Nations, busi- 
nesses and individuals are pressured 
into joining boycotts and sanctions 
against the Jews. Those who engage 
in these nefarious acts, either 
directly or indirectly, need to be re- 
minded of the curse God has prom- 
ised and the words of Jesus when 
He said: ". . . it must needs be that 
offences come: but woe to that 
man by whom the offence 

As Jews celebrate the Feast of 
Purim, they will be reminded of 
God's deliverance from their ene- 
mies, but they need to be reminded 
also that the same God will not 
hold them guiltless for their con- 
tinued rejection of Yeshua H A 
Mashiach. Deliverance from the 
penalty, the power, and ultimately 
from the presence of sin, can be 
found only in Him who came in ful- 
fillment of the Old Testament 
Scriptures. The One who died, was 
buried, and who rose again, accord- 
ing to the Scriptures, is coming 
again; first to receive His Church, 
and then to establish the throne of 
David and fulfill the prophecies and 
promises made to Israel in relation 
to their kingdom. As it is futile for 
Gentiles to celebrate Christmas and 
Easter while rejecting Jesus Christ 
as a personal Saviour, so also is it 
futile for Jews to celebrate the de- 
liverance from Haman if they reject 
Yeshua H A Mashiach, the only 
One who can provide an atonement 
for and a deliverance from sin. 

MARCH 15, 1977 

a Step 4 'Jaith 

Pastor Don Jentes 

— by CUbuqiWiqm 

Since God has been moving in 
marvelous ways and has helped us to 
go self-supporting as of January 1, 
1977, we wanted to show our praise to 
Him in a special way. So we set Janu- 
ary 30 as our Step-of- Faith day. We 
invited other local churches and for- 
mer pastors to join us in celebration of 
the occasion. 

We chose as our motto, "We Walk 
by Faith." We felt this motto was ap- 
propriate smce it will take much faith 
on the part of each of us to keep our 
church going and growing. Some goals 
were also set for the day— 80 in morn- 
ing worship service and 100 in the 3 
p.m. Step-of-Faith service with a goal 
of $500 in offering for the day. 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer was our speaker 
for the day, and in the Sunday School 
hour he showed a Home Mission slide- 
tape entitled, "Let's Just Praise the 
Lord." The pastor spoke on "Victory 
through Faith" in the morning wor- 
ship hour, and there were 2 public de- 
cisions for baptism. We were 5 short of 
the 80 goal in this service. 

Following the morning service, we 

enjoyed a delicious carry-in dinner 
with good fellowship. A couple of 
young people made and decorated a 
cake for the special occasion. 

We were short of the goal again 
with 70 in attendance to join us in our 
Step-of-Faith service at 3 p.m. Dr. 
Pifer spoke on "The Holy Spirit and 
Missionary Outreach." We also en- 

joyed hearing a brief history of the 
church, several special numbers, and 
testimonies from people in other 
states. The one goal we did exceed was 
the offering by receiving $52 over the 
$500. We received love gifts from 
people living at a distance, which real- 
ly encouraged us to know that others 
were praying and caring for our work. 


We have seen God really work in 
the past year. In January 1976 a Bible 
study class was started in a home with 
three couples. Through the witness 
and enthusiasm of one of these cou- 
ples, many have given their hearts to 
Christ. Prayer was definitely answered 
in the lives of one of the other cou- 
ples. And the evidence of God's work 
has brought encouragement and enthu- 
siasm to some of our members and has 
caused them to have a greater involve- 
ment in the church and its purposes. 

As pastor, I felt the timing of the "I 
Found It" campaign of Albuquerque 
in November and December 1976 
came at a time when we needed to 
have our people become involved in a 
witnessing endeavor. "Here's Life New 
Mexico" provided the instruction for 
our nine workers. It was a joy to see 
many receive Christ through the cam- 
paign as we shared with them how 

they could find New Life in Christ. At 
the present time we have two to three 
followup Bible classes. It has been dif- 
ficult to get people faithfully involved, 
and yet it is so rewarding to see twelve 
to fifteen new people begin studying 
with excitement the Word of God. 

This movement has resulted in a 
new enthusiasm among our people to 
be using their spiritual gifts for the 
Lord. It has brought a joy and excite- 
ment to the pastor as he has seen 
people become concerned about the 
needs of others, physically and spirit- 
ually. It was three months ago that I 
began preaching a series of messages 
on the spiritual gifts, and now we are 
seeing many people putting these 
things into practice. It is thrilling to 
see God's Word becoming real in their 

Our goal to go self-supporting was 
projected about three years ago in the 

midst of a very low point in our work. 
A letter from The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council asked us to pray about 
becoming self-supporting in 1977 and 
presented us with a plan. After all, the 
church had been under Brethren Home 
Missions nearly 25 years at that point, 
and they felt we needed to be "pushed 
out of the nest" and "left to fly" on 
our own. The Council paid off the 
small remaining debt, and we now 
have a debt-free property. 

The step of faith we are taking 
seemed almost too much for our small 
group when we considered it more 
than two years ago. However, we have 
trusted God to provide and recently 
voted unanimously to go self- 
supporting. We thank God for a won- 
derful day, January 30, 1976, and the 
wonderful way He has changed our 
discouragement into triumph as we 
walk by faith. 

Are You Suffering From . . . 

Misery Due "To Scratching" for Funds 
, A "Headache" Caused by Unexpected Bills 

"Irritation" of Past-Due Statements 
| "Pain" of the Local, State and National "Tax Take" 

A "Fever" and Lack of "Cold" Cash to Lower it 

MARCH 15. 1977 

Hews Summary 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association ^S> 

•The Energy Crunch is being met in various ways in 
Indiana and Ohio. Four Brethren churches are conserv- 
ing valuable heat by combining their evening services 
during February and March. On a rotating basis First 
Church of Dayton, North Riverdale, Englewood and 
Basore Road Brethren will each be host to an evening 

Rittman, Ohio, scheduled the midweek services in 
homes according to three groups— Group A (last name 
A-L), Group M (last name M-Z), Group T (teens). 

Bethel Brethren (Osceola, Ind.) are meeting in home 
groups for the midweek Bible studies. Materials for the 
studies will be prepared by the pastors and distributed 
each Sunday prior to the studies. 

* Because of physical limitations there are approximately 
25 members of First Brethren (Dayton, Ohio) who are 
not now able to attend services, so the deacon board is 
suggesting those of the congregation help to express 
their love and concern by bringing any of the following 
to the church to be put into Sunshine Boxes for the 
shut-ins: gum, candy, soap, combs, pens, pencils, station- 
ery, books, puzzles, cans of snacks, or anything else ap- 

• Area Fellowship groups have been organized at First 
Brethren (Lanham, Md.) to share what is held in com- 
mon: the faith, life, resourses. The aim is to foster 
friendship with others of like faith, to enjoy weekly or 
monthly Bible studies, times of social gatherings, and 
encouragement by sharing prayer requests— joys and bur- 
dens. Each group will have a leader to call his area 
people together for plans and schedules of future events. 

c Community Grace Brethren at Union, Ohio, has bap- 
tized a deaf family into its membership. This church 
began a deaf outreach in April of last year as a result of 
the vision of Pastor Ron Picard. He invited a deaf evan- 
gelist, Wayne Vick, to teach evening classes of sign lan- 
guage and calls were also made on deaf families in the 
Dayton area. This special emphasis was scheduled for 
two weeks. 

Don and Elaine Diley were led to the Lord and later 
sought membership through baptism to the church. One 
couple in the church, Mike and Cindy McManaway, head 
up this special outreach. They interpret the morning 
service, teach a deaf Sunday School class, and provide a 
Wednesday evening class. Sharon Cochran assists in lead- 
ing the songs, and LaDonna Picard teaches a weekly sign- 
ing class. 

There are 3 deaf families involved in this church pro- 

= When there is a fifth Sunday in a month the Grace 
Brethren Church at Sterling, Ohio, has a carry-in meal at 
noon followed by a worship service. This service is in 
place of the regular evening meeting and the change in 
time has as its purpose— fellowship. 

• Miss Kathy Kincarte, a member of Grace Brethren 
Church, San Bernardino, Calif., will be going to Africa 
(C.A.E.) next July in the TIME program. She is current- 
ly a senior at Grace College and was home during the 
Christmas holidays when a commissioning service was 
arranged. In the photo, left to right, are: Dr. L. L. Grubb 
(former pastor) and Deacons Elliott Eastmen, Charles 
Bond and Everett Lynn. Kathy is center, kneeling. 

• Wheaton, 111. (EP)— America's fastest growing Sunday 
Schools of 1976 followed certain "principles of growth" 
which can be valuable to all churches, according to 
Christian Life magazine which sponsors an annual com- 

The fastest -growing Sunday School, 1975-76, was 
the Westside Assembly of God, Davenport, Iowa, with a 
growth of 1,291 per Sunday over the previous year. 
Average weekly attendance increased from 1,825 to 

Among the 50 fastest growing Sunday Schools in 
each of the states were 23 Baptist churches and 1 1 As- 



sembly of God congregations. 

Elmer Towns, Sunday School editor of Christian Life, 
said "excitement, zeal and enthusiasm characterize the 
winning churches in this year's 'fastest growing' competi- 
tion. Your church can have these qualities, too, if you 
follow the same principles." 

The report noted that First Baptist Church, Ham- 
mond, Ind., is the largest Sunday School in the U.S. with 
an average attendance of more than 14,000 students. 

'Annual changes: Edward Wingard, 107 Rancindin Rd., 
Butler, Pa. 16001 ... Lee Bums, 303 N. Colombus Ave., 
Fremont, Ohio 43420 . . . Telephone changes: for Bethel 
Brethren Church, Osceola, Ind., church office— 
219/674-5918 and Gordon Bracker- 
219/674-5063 . . . Robert Kern, 58644 C.R. Ill South, 
Elkhart, Ind. 46514 .. . Robert Divine, 1531 Perthway 
Dr., South Bend, Ind. 46614 . . . Fenton McDonald, 
1439 Melwood Dr., San Jose, Calif. 95118 (Tel. 
408/269-9062) . . . Albert Flory, 23016 Kent Ave., 
Torrance, Calif. 90505 . . . Bethlehem, Pa., Lehigh Val- 
ley Grace Brethren Church, Tel. 215/868-0004. 

•A 50th Wedding Anniversary was celebrated by the 
Emmit Adams and their friends at the Community Grace 
Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif., on Mar. 4. Emmit and 
Dorothy pioneered the Brethren mission work in Puerto 
Rico and Mr. Adams is currently superintendent of the 
Los Angeles Rescue Mission, and he also serves on the 
Board of Evangelism of the Fellowship of Grace Breth- 
ren Churches. Congratulations! 

• A church built undef the freeway in Waimalu, Hawaii! ! 
Yes, it may be an answer to prayer for the congregation 
as there is room enough under the freeway to build a 
two-story building, a chapel to seat 300, plus parking 
space. This property would be under a 25-year lease so 
thousands of dollars would not be needed for the pur- 
chase of land. The Coffmans and the Waimalu congrega- 
tion are praying for God's guidance in the matter. 

•Miami, Fla. (EP)-Pastor Conrad Willard, minister of 
Central Baptist Church here, has offered refunds up to 
$2,000 to anyone who started to tithe and became dis- 
satisfied, according to the Associated Press. 

So far, says the minister who is convinced that giving 
10 percent of one's income is part of worship, there have 
been no requests for money back from any of the 
church's 4,000 members. Tithers among the congre- 
gation have increased from 33 percent to 400, he noted, 
since he made the offer in December 1976. 

God apparently has only satisfied customers among 
tithers, the minister commented. 

•Garden Grove, Calif. (EP)-The Robert H. Schuller 
Ministries of Garden Grove has purchased a Hughes 
500-C helicopter valued at more than $200,000 as a gift 
for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). 

MAF, based in Fullerton, Calif., maintains more than 
100 aircrafts for use in 21 countries, flying emergency 
airlift operations for missionaries of all faiths and at the 
call of missionaries in distress. 

A new and timely book about the Flood and the Ark— written 
by the nationally known and popular Bible conference speaker, 
Nathan M. Meyer. 

"Ark fever" seems to be spreading across the country, and this fasci- 
nating and easy-to-read book provides the answers to questions you've 
been asking. Photographs and diagrams bring you up-to-date on recent 
developments regarding the search. And, a Longevity Chart which is 
included with the book will reveal some extremely interesting observa- 
tions about Genesis 5 and 1 1. 

The book is divided into two parts— "The Story of the Flood" and 
"The Story of the Search." Mr. Meyer proposes seventeen pertinent 
questions in the book ... we believe you will be thrilled as you read his 
Biblical and logical approach to answering these questions. The book is 
paperback and contains 112 pages. 

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Send to: Brethren Missionary Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Please send me copies of Noah's Ark, Pitched and Parked, at $3 each. 

(Enclose your check or money order, and BWIH pays postage costs.) 



MARCH 15, 1977 

In spite of the bitter winter weather during 
January and February, Grace Schools missed 
only one day of classes. In compliance with 
strict energy conservation measures, however, 
classrooms were operated for several weeks on 
lowered temperatures. 

According to Rev. Thomas Hammers, direc- 
tor of the Living Memorial program at Grace 
Schools, giving to the program in 1976 to- 
taled $10,510. There were 175 persons partic- 
ipating in the plan. Living Memorial gift forms 
are available from the Development Depart- 

Sears- Roebuck Foundation recently pre- 
sented Grace Schools with a grant of $800. 
The gift was made through the manager of the 
local Sears store. 

Speakers for the 1978 Grace Bible Confer- 
ence, to be held February 14-17, 1978, have 
been announced. Giving the Bauman Lectures 
will be Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter, noted lecturer 
and author. The Alumni Lecturer will be Dr. 
Charles Feinberg, professor of Old Testament 
and Semitic Languages at Talbot Theological 
Seminary. The Miller Lecturer will be Dr. 
Jack Murray, president of Bible Evangelism, 
Inc., and chief executive officer of the Bibli- 
cal School of Theology in Hatfield, Pennsyl- 

A friend of Grace Schools from the War- 
saw-Winona Lake community has offered a 
gift of $20,000 to study the establishment of 
a nursing program at the college, in coopera- 
tion with the Kosciusko Community Hospital. 
The faculty has approved the launching of the 

Now— you may perpetuate the memory of the departed, or honor the 
living with a special gift to Grace Schools. 

Either gift will serve a dual purpose: the one as a gracious expression of 
sympathy; the other in honor of a loved one or friend on a birthday, anni- 
versary or some other important day of his/her life. Your gift will also help to 
provide a Christ-centered education for our college and seminary students. 

Send your gift to Grace Schools. We will send an appropriate card without 
mentioning the amount. 

Following are the memorials received during January 1977: 


In Memory of : 

Mrs. Sara Manherz 
Chester McCall 

Herman B. Owen 
William R. Beam, Sr. 

Rev. Archie Lynn 

Mrs. Margaret Oliver 

Given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Brandt, Jr. 
Rev. and Mrs. Richard G. Messner 
Rev. and Mrs. Leo Polman 
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Elliott 
Mr. and Mrs. William Renkenberger 
Mrs. Emma ). Beam 
Mr. and Mrs. William Renkenberger 
Mrs. Emma J. Beam 
Mr. Harry Oliver 

Grace Brethren Church, Glendale, 


May 7-8 has been set as "V.I. P. Day" for 
Grace College. The initials stand for "Visita- 
tion and Inquiry Program," and high school 
students and others interested in the college 
are invited to attend this special emphasis 
weekend. Further details may be obtained 
from Ron Henry, director of admissions. 

The Grace Schools Bicentennial Logo, de- 
signed by Prof. Arthur Davis of the college art 
department, was selected to be included on 
microfilm for the Indiana time capsule which 
was closed and dedicated at the Statehouse 
Rotunda in Indianapolis on December 20, 
1976. It is scheduled for reopening in 2075. 
Grace was one of only three schools to have 
an item included. Governor Otis R. Bowen 
took part in the ceremony. 


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The center, which will be available for classes 
next fall, could use the gift of some specific 
pieces of equipment. For further information 
write Dr. Don DeYoung, Science Department, 
Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

Bench Grinder 

Drafting Table 
First-Aid Cabinet 
Hand Tools 
Socket Wrench Set 
Welding Unit 

Floor Drill Press 
Micro Tools 
Solder Gun 
Glass Blowing 
Torch & Tools 

Dr. James A. Saurer, director of the Ameri- 
can Center of Oriental Research in Amman, 
Jordan, and one of America's foremost Near 
Eastern archaeologists, lectured recently at 
Grace Seminary in conjunction with an ar- 
chaeology conference held at the school. 

The Dean's List (highest 2 percent of the 
student body) for Grace College this past 
semester has been announced. Seniors include 
Janet Bollman, Cheryl Cessna Burtoft, Sheryl 
Coburn, Kim Gibson, Stan Hueni, Eugene 
Inman, Saundra Rowe, and Nancy Shriver 
Coldren. Juniors include Sarah Hawley, Mary 
Hochstedler, and Pam Taylor. Sophomore 
Tom Helgerson and Frechman Mike Mace also 
earned the top honors. 

For those living within driving distance of 
Grace Schools it might be of interest to know 
that the exhibits on display in the North Hall 
Art Gallery will include student exhibits of 
three-dimensional work March 21 -April 11 
and the "3rd Annual Student Juried Exhibit" 
in selected categories of student work April 
18- May 10. 

Dear Mom, 

Well, here I am back at Grace College. I'm finally 
moved into my room. I sure have accumulated a lot 
of things over the years. It's hard to believe I'm 
actually a senior this year, as the past three years have 
rushed by so quickly I haven't had time to catch my 
breath. These years have given me such good memo- 

Living here at the Winona Hotel is nice. I'm glad 
the school uses part of it as a girls dorm. The atmos- 
phere is much more relaxed. What makes it really nice 
is that I'm an R.A. again this year. 

It's neat that God gave me the opportunity to be 
an R.A. and conduct Bible studies and prayer meet- 
ings, enforce the rules, and counsel girls when they 
desire it. The initials stand for "Resident Assistant," 
but we like to say they mean "Responsible Adult." 

This year I have 20 girls on my hall. Each one of 
them is unique and very special. I enjoy doing this 

You'd never guess what happened in the dorm the 
other night. The telephone down the hall rang and 
Linda ran out of her room and answered it. Suddenly 
she yelled, "BEC-KY, TELEPHONE! HURRY, IT'S 
A MAN!" 

Five other heads poked out of different doors and 
chimed in, "A man? For Becky? Hurry, Beck. It's a 
man! A MAN!" 

Becky dashed to the phone, setting a world's 
record, trying to get there before the girls said any- 
thing else. She arrived panting, and snatched the 
phone from Linda's hand. Then she paused a mo- 
ment, swallowed, and said, "Hello" as if she had just 
sauntered out of her room. Even after all that, the 
guy asked her out. She had a good time, even though 
the guy kept asking her what everyone was yelling 
that night. 

Mom, I've only been gone for a few days now, but 
I really miss you. Sometimes it gets tough knowing 
you're not here to "make everything all better." 
Thanks for taking care of me all these years. 

I'd better go. I've got some studying to do, and Liz 
is popping some popcorn. The aroma is making my 
tongue tingle. Write back soon. 


Nora Macon 

Grace College Senior 

Dear Mom, 

Last night when Millie and I came back from our 
karate class, we were enthusiastically practicing on 
each other in the hallway. Ellen, who lives down the 
hall, saw us and came to watch. She said she had 
taken Tae-kwonda, another form of self-defense. She 
began to show us some of the basic movements for 
this form. 

As Ellen demonstrated one move, she kicked so 
hard she knocked her other foot out from under her- 
self, flew into the air, then landed on the floor with a 
loud thud. 

Girls came streaming out of their rooms wanting 
to know what had happened. As each girl noticed 
Ellen lying on the floor, an astonished silence grew. 
We all stared at her, doing nothing. It was one of 
those situations where you wanted to laugh, but 
knew you really shouldn't. 

After what seemed like minutes, but actually was 
only seconds, Ellen burst out laughing. We all crum- 
pled to the floor and laughed and laughed. Ellen saves 
her Tae-kwonda for emergencies now. 

It's almost time for room check and that takes me 
forever, it seems. As I check each girl's room to see if 
she's in, I usually spend some time chatting with her. 
I guess I shouldn't do that, but it's so neat getting to 
know each one of the girls. They are all so different, 
and each one contributes something to the life of the 

I really miss you, Mom. Take care and write soon. 
Love you, 


Dear Mom, 

Tonight was one of the most exciting nights. When 
I got back from my class Millie was anxiously waiting 
for me. 

"Nora, guess what! Val is getting her ring tonight, 
but don't tell anyone!" Millie whispered. 

As she was leaving, Annette came in and confided, 
"Nora, Val is getting engaged tonight, but don't tell 

After fifteen girls came in and whispered this 
"secret," I decided everyone in the dorm knew, ex- 
cept Val. How exciting! Every girl was happy for Val. 
The flurry of decorating her room began early that 
evening. When they were finished, the room could 
hardly be seen. Griff, our resident artist, had really 
outdone herself this time. 

We went up to Alpha dorm to watch Val and 
Bryon ring the victory bell, as tradition demanded. It 
was great. When Val walked in the door, girls came 
running from everywhere to hug and congratulate and 
rejoice with her. 

It's such a happy time when two people the Lord 
has brought together decide to be married. God really 
works things out for His children. 

It's getting late. The girls who live above me are 
doing their exercises now. Liz and Gloria always be- 
gin about 1 1 :00 p.m. They are better than any clock 
I've ever had! I hope I can come home soon, 'cause I 
miss you. Call me. 

I love you, 

Hi Mom! 

How are things at home? I want you to know that 
I've conquered the popcorn popper. I can cook any- 
thing (almost) in one. We made tacos tonight in it. 
Liz and Gloria have made doughnuts, and others have 
even made pancakes, chili, hamburgers, and rice. We 
should write a cookbook. Who needs ovens and 
stoves? (I still miss your chocolate chip cookies.) 

You know how you always tease me because I 
collect frogs? (Don't worry, I still don't have any real 
ones.) Well, there are two girls on my hall who collect 
monkeys— all sizes and shapes. Annette and Linda are 
always comparing their little "friends." Sometimes I 
worry about them. Annette eats a lot of bananas, and 
Linda has a swinging vine in her room. 

Probably everything I have been telling you makes 
it sound like we are never serious. That's not true. 
Last night at our Bible study and prayer meeting we 
had a good time talking to the Lord and sharing our 
requests. This is the time when we really get to know 
each other and understand each other. The unity of 
knowing the Lord draws us closer together each day. 
God put us all here together for a purpose. 

I experienced something very embarrassing this 
morning. I was in the hallway in nothing but my 
pajamas with my hair in curlers and no makeup on. I 
was calmly ironing my dress when I suddenly heard a 
deep voice yell, "Man in the hall!" No one else was 
awake yet, and there were no doors open. I slid down 
behind the board and threw my dress over my head. I 
hope he didn't see me. I could never look at him 

Tell everyone at church thanks for praying for me. 
I can feel the prayers. I'm praying for you, Mom. 
Write me soon. My mailbox gets lonely. 

Dear Mom, 

The father of one of my girls became sick today 
and was rushed to the hospital. When all the girls 
found out, we had a prayer meeting for her family. 
We just heard that her dad is doing much better, and 
the doctors have diagnosed the problem now. Isn't it 
great how God answers our prayers? And so fast! 

The girls are so sweet, I found a small bouquet of 
flowers outside my door. They knew I wasn't feeling 
well, so they brought the flowers to me. 

Last night I walked out into the hall, taking a 
quick break from studies. What's that noise? I heard 
yelling and jumping; the floor was even shaking. As I 
walked down the hall, I could tell it was coming from 

MARCH 15, 1977 

Jodie's room. I opened the door very cautiously. 

"Go ye Lancers, Go ye Lancers, On to victory. We 
will fight... Oh, Hi Nora. How do you like our 
cheer?" Jodie and Pat innocently asked. 

Two of the girls are cheerleaders. In their zeal for 
improving themselves, they forgot about quiet hours. 

The day they made it on the cheerleading squad is 
another story. All I can say is that I think the other 
girls were more excited than they were. 

I hear screaming and laughing in the hall right 
now. Oh, one of the girls just yelled that a guy is 
getting thrown in the lake. That's what the guys do 
when one of their number becomes engaged. It's real- 
ly something to see at least 30 guys trying to carry 
one poor, lone struggling figure and toss it into the 

I'll close for now. I have to find out who they're 
throwing in. If you know him, I'll tell you later. I 
love you, Mom. 


Dear Mom, 

Yesterday I was feeling kind of low and sorry for 
myself. Sometimes I wish I could just go somewhere 
by myself. Forget other people. Why shouid I con- 
sider them? I'm important, too. It's always "be con- 
siderate of the other person." I was really sick of it. 
Why should I? 

I was in my room getting ready to hit my pillow or 
something when I heard a knock at the door. I 
thought: "I can't even be alone in my own room. I'll 
get rid of this person fast. I'm not in the mood for 

Cathy came in and asked if she could talk to me. 
What could I say? So she sat down and began to 
thank me for being so nice and understanding. Did I 
ever feel like a heel! We talked about how much God 
loves us, and how He takes care of us each day. He 
always meets our needs. I told her how I had been 
feeling. She said that that was the proof. God knew I 
needed her to come in and talk to me. We must have 
talked for about an hour. I really got to know Cathy 
better. She is a super neat person. 

I found a frog in my bed a few nights ago. Some- 
one had put it there as a joke. The poor thing about 
croaked. (Ha-ha. Get it?) Anyway, I put it outside 
near the lake. I hope he can find his way back home. 
He was kind of cute. Maybe I should have kissed him 
to see if he would have turned into a handsome 

I'd better study. I have a huge test tomorrow over 
tagmemics. Doesn't that sound thrilling? It is. 
Love you, 

Dear Mom, 

Studies are starting to pile up now. The dorm is 
usually pretty quiet at night now. All the girls are 
studying. Of course, every once in a while everyone 
comes out of their rooms and rests. 

One small incident relieved a lot of tension the 
other night, I had walked up the stairs and was almost 
to my room, when two girls whizzed by on roller 
skates, knocking me off my feet. Everyone thought 
that was absolutely hilarious. 

Tonight some of us seniors got together and began 
to reminisce. There was lots of laughter and some 
tears. Mom, I'm going to miss the dorm when I have 
to leave. I've had such good times. Living in the dorm 
has made me realize how important friends are. The 
girls really love each other, and they show it. I've 
learned so much, such as how to get along with other 
girls, how to react in certain situations, how to share, 
and how neat it is to get together with other Chris- 
tians and fellowship. 

It's going to be sad when I have to go. Some of my 
best friends are here, and it will be hard to leave 
them. I will probably make a fool of myself at gradu- 

I know I'll see all of the girls in heaven, but I 
might never see them again on earth. I wish I could 
stay in the dorm. Maybe I'll enroll next year in some 
classes, like basket weaving. I wonder if there's such a 
thing as a professional R.A. . . .?? Hmmmmm. . . . 

Thanks, Mom, for helping me get through college. 
I know you've prayed for me. You've put up with a 
lot. I appreciate it. Thanks. I love you bunches and 

P.S. I love you. 


Editorially Speaking 


Monday, January 24, 1977 

William K. Mollenhour, Editorial Editor 

It is not Important that the reader agree with these views. Purpose 
of editorial expression is to stimulate thought about issues which 
vitally affect the reader's life. 


Inaugural addresses are much in the news these 
days. No citizen of The United States should ignore the 
content of last Thursday's address by President Jimmy 
Carter, but many will for Washington is far away, na- 
tional issues seem so abstract to the average person. 

Education, however, is a matter of direct interest to 
almost every family. Each either has children in the 
system or is paying taxes to support public schools or is 
contributing to private schools. Results achieved affect 
the lives of all citizens, parents or not. We must live 
either with a drifting society with no set standards, one 
which seems to be out of control, or enjoy the benefits 
derived from solid education, both academic and social. 

AAost private schools, either elementary, high school 
or college, were founded because of distrust and 
dissatisfaction with public schools. Each started with dif- 
ferent principles, different objectives and a considerably 
different emphasis upon what "education" meant. 

Thus, while catching up on our reading, we have 
studied the inaugural address of Dr. Homer A. Kent Jr., 
new President of Grace College. We came upon this 
highly significant passage: 

"Sweeping changes are taking place in our world to- 
day. The explosion of knowledge in almost every field of 
study, the increase of technology, the changing patterns 
into which our lives are rapidly being swept — all these 
factors emphasize our need to be adaptable to the chang- 
ing circumstances in our society. 

"Yet the basic nature of mankind is the same, and 
his need for a relationship with God, and for a value 
system that is based upon what is true and just and moral 
does not change. Unless education instills these values in 
the lives of students, it has done them a disservice, for it 
has given them power without means of control, 
knowledge without wisdom, mere training and not true 

Dr. Kent has put into words what many a parent and 
student has felt. It has been said the private college is an 
endangered species in this day and age. But perhaps the 
objective of true education as expressed by Dr. Kent is 
the reason Grace College has been a constantly growing 
institution in our community. 

Surely students are seeking true values in life and 
students at Grace feel they have found the means to learn 
those values while becoming technically skilled. 

All small private colleges, competing with the huge 
government financed institutions are always in need of 
patrons, contributors. The willingness of local citizens to 
invest sums both large and small in Grace College is a 
very tangible expression of community approval. 

AAost college towns have had their disillusioning ex- 
periences with riots, drugs and deplorable behavior. Not 
so at Grace. It enjoys discipline without tyranny, moral 
values without hypocrisy and education without egg 

Grace College has added a great deal to the better- 
ment of life style in our community and is educating 
students the world around in a manner beneficial to the 
student and society. We are fortunate to have Grace Col- 
lege at Winona Lake and we are glad we re-read Dr. 
Kent's inaugural address. It is a lesson in itself. 



Grace Schools praise the Lord for 
the good relationship between the 
schools and the local communities 
of Warsaw-Winona Lake, Indiana. 
The article at left appeared on the 
editorial page of the Warsaw Times- 
Union and is reprinted here by per- 

BMH Newest News 

The notice about an available apartment in Hawaii 
during the summer months has now been canceled since 
the dates have all been filled. 

The newest BMH Book, Noah's Ark, Pitched and Parked 
is now off the press. This fascinating account of 
the Flood and the Ark by Rev. Nathan M. Meyer is 
priced at $3. (See ordering information on page 13 
of this issue.) 

Harrisburg, Pa. — Pennsylvania Superior Court has up- 
held the constitutionality of the state's "Blue Laws" 
which prohibit general merchandising on Sundays. 
Supermarket interests are protesting. 

Jerry Sunthimer has been called as Youth Pastor at 
the Ghent Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

Dr. George and Mabel Peek were honored for their 28 

years of faithful service at the North Long Beach Brethren Church. The appreciation 
service began in the sanctuary at the 6:00 p.m. Sunday service with a reception foll( 
ing in the social hall. A "Peek Scholarship Fund" has been established to encourage 
the local young people who are going into full-time Christian work. 

Praise God the church is sold! That is the feeling of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Fremont, Ohio, concerning their present church structure and they now are looking 
forward to occupying their new sanctuary at another location. 

THINK SNOW... PRAY FOR SNOW... These words were copied from a church bulletin, but 
we can assure you the request was not from a church located in Ohio or Indiana... 
not this winter... No, it seems the young people at Sacramento, Calif., wanted a 
"snow retreat." 

The Calvary Brethren Church, Alto, Mich., has installed a smoke detector in their 
parsonage as a fire protection according to Pastor Robert Moeller. 

The Grace Lancers, basketball team, now hold a 18-6 record for the 1976-77 season. 

James McClellan was called for the 6th year to be pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Kent, Washington. 

In response to the energy crisis four Ohio churches planned combined Sunday evening 
services for the months of February and March. The cooperating churches are North 
Riverdale, Englewood, Basore Road, and First Brethren of Dayton. 

Prayer is requested for Mrs. Al Balzer who is now a patient at the "City of Hope" 
Hospital, Duarte, Calif. 

The following is the result of a survey taken in Houston, Texas as to why people 
came to church: 9 percent — architecture; 3 percent — minister's visits; 14 percent 
— prior church membership; 18 percent — close to home; 56 percent — invitation of 
church member . 

Reflections By Still Waters 


C^ eS cH itor 

The sunshine is breaking through 
the heavy clouds of winter. This is 
good, very good because the weather- 
man has informed us of a fact that we 
already know. The past months brought 
the worst winter in history. With the 
sun and its warmth have come the 
first budding of the trees. The tulips 
have poked their little heads through 
the ground and the chipmunks are 
shaking off the lazying effects of 
hibernation. Sounds really great, 
doesn't it? 

Like all good things there must be 
some negatives to cloud the horizon. 
And sure enough, the lawn is not only 
green it is dotted with touches of yel- 
low. You guessed it, the unwelcome 
visitors are none other than our "old 
friends," the dandelions. If you want to 
get technical about it, it is really the 
Taraxacum Officinale that originally 
found their home in Eurasia. Some- 
how they immigrated to the front, side 
and back yards of my house and have 
prospered with countless offspring. 
Dandelion is really a Middle English 
word from the French called "lion's 
tooth" because of the sharply in- 
dented leaves. 

Now with my background and cul- 
ture I have grown up with negative 
feelings about dandelions. I have been 
taught they are part of the enemy. 
They should be sprayed with liquids to 
kill them, or a sharp instrument will 
root them out and thus destroy them 
forever, or I should get out my stroll- 
ing spreader and feed a poison that 
will make them grow so fast they will 

kill themselves. Having tried all three 
of the methods there is still frustration 
each year when the grass turns green 
and spontaneously the dandelions ap- 
pear with their yellow bonnets on and 
brighten the world with the smile of 

My attitude has moved from ex- 
treme enmity to a mild love affair. My 
admiration for the perseverance of 
these little plants of rare beauty and 
cheerful color is opposed by a feeling 
of guilt. Should I permit them to live? 
. . . thus proving to all that I just do 
not care to keep my lawn properly. 
Besides they will grow up and send 
their seeds to the neighbors, and I like 
to keep my neighbors happy— within 
proper limits. Dandelions could be de- 
clared the national flower and then we 
could all declare peace and quit fight- 
ing the issue. Or we could declare 
dandelions a natural enemy and con- 
sume endless hours and dollars of pur- 
suing methods for their destruction. 
We would all invade not only our own 
lots but vacant fields and lawns of 
people who have not joined the eradi- 
cation army. Living with these little 
plants and loving them would be easier 
than the effort needed to destroy our 
prolific friends. 

But why all this concern about a 
little plant? The reason is there may be 
some applicable lessons for you and 
me to dig up. There are so many things 
in life that consume our time and at- 
tention but they really do not make 
that much difference in regards to the 

real issues of life. I hear and read 
about those small, insignificant things 
that are not in themselves that impor- 
tant, while the major or larger prob- 
lems and issues of life go on undis- 
cussed or neglected. We seem at times 
too insensitive to each other, and we 
become engulfed in chasing the small 
unimportant events of life. We may 
have the time to "fight the dande- 
lions" but not enough time to stop 
and say hello to each other or pray or 
even listen to the problems of others. 
We spend our resources fighting the 
"dandelions" of life but lack the desire 
to give of ourselves and our resources 
to bring a little cheer and happiness to 
the lives of those we love or to some- 
one who needs our love. 

I am simply saying to you . . . cer- 
tainly the little things in life have im- 
portance, but even more so it is true 
that the major issues of life need more 
diligent attention. To know God and 
to be redeemed by His grace and love 
are in the area of primo importance in 
life. To be able to learn to walk with 
Him and have Him reveal His will to us 
as His servants, constitutes real life. If 
we could only learn what to devote 
our time and attention to, we would 
move to a greater maturity in our lives. 
I am certain there is a time and place 
to fight dandelions, but I doubt the 
wisdom of a life that is dedicated to 
this task. There is a point where we 
become so dedicated to fighting 
dandelions that we tear up the entire 
lawn and lose the grass as well. 


Campanha Electronics 4 

Argentina Is Expecting 5 

Camp Wait-Some-More 6 

Orient Report 8 

Christian Education 12 

BMH News Summary 16 

Columbus East Side Dedication. .18 

Happy Birthday SMM!! 20 

In Search of Hidden Beauty ... 21 

Under New Management 22 

BMH Newest News 24 


\ Dear Readers, 




35 Years Ago-1942 

There are 1,600 pounds of band- 
ages on the way to Africa as the 
joint efforts of the WMC and 
SMM . . . Miss Estella Myers at the 
Bassai station is spending as much 
time as possible on the translation 
of the New Testament into the 
Karre language . . . The North River 
dale church of Dayton, Ohio, moved 
into a vacant store on N. Main St. . . 

15 Years Ago- 1962 

Foreign Missions reports that the 
church with the highest per capita giv- 
ing was Mansfield, Ohio, Grace with 
$67.24. This was the year 1961 . . . Mrs. 
Rose Byers held the candle and Mr. M. C. 
Dunlap held the mortgage as the full pay- 
ment of indebtedness of $29,500 was 
burned at Canton, Ohio. This was for 10 
acres of property and parsonage . . . Wayne 
Guthrie, accountant at the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald, is accompanying the National 
Championship Quiz Team to Puerto 
Rico .... 

5 Years Ago-1972 

Kenneth Moeller resigns after 16 years as finan- 
cial secretary of the Foreign Missionary Soci- 
ety .. . John W. Zielasko and Bernard Schneider 
reported on their recent trip to Africa . . . Sher- 
wood Durkee returns to the pastorate at Johnson 
City, Tenn., following his work on the staff of the 
Home Missions Council .... 



Cover photo: Buddhist 
(photo by Heinz Fussle). 

temple. Hong Kong 

Volume 39, Number 7, April 1 , 1977 

Published bimonthly by 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Printed by BMH Printing 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

The mail was a little light this time, 
so I will take the opportunity to 
share a few thoughts with you. I 
have just returned from a media 
tour of Israel under the sponsorship 
of the American Zionist Society. I 
will be sharing with you some of 
my reactions, the first one to ap- 
pear will be in the April 15 issue. It 
was a different type of trip from 
the usual Holy Land tours, and I 
think you will find the coming 
articles interesting. 

But for now I would like to thank 
you for your help during 1976. The 
report is back from the auditor, in 
fact it arrived today. The offering 
sales and income of the Herald 
reached new record highs. The total 
income of the Herald this year was 
$917,500, and we are now ap- 
proaching the first year in which 
the income will reach $1,000,000. 
This seemed a rather remote pos- 
sibility some years back, but it will 
happen this year or next. The sup- 
port offered by the members of 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches has been very gratifying. 

The BMH Book division is reaching 
out into the Christian world and 
being received with an acceptance 
which we did not fully anticipate. 
You, by your prayers and gifts, are 
partners with us as we continue to 
broaden this field of ministry. 

Thanks so much, we on the staff 
of the Herald truly appreciate your 
encouraging comments and helpfu 
suggestions.— CWT 


Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman 

Editorial Secretary 

Fern L. Sandy 

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Departmental Editors: Christian Educa- 
tion: James Long. Foreign Missions: 
Rev. John Zielasko, Marcia Wardell. 
Grace Schools: Dr. Homer A. Kent, 
Jr., Terry White. Home Missions: Dr. 
Lester Pifer. WMC: Linda Hoke 

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APRIL 1. 1977 

"A Campanha Electronica" is what 
Pastor Eulalio called the special nine- 
day evangelistic crusade in Macapa, 
Brazil, last October. Electronic be- 
cause he was using electronic equip- 
ment to show films and carry the evan- 
gelistic message. The campaign was 
launched in the local church and ex- 
tended into schools and various bairros 
(districts) of the city. One ninth of the 
campaign rolled its way out into the 
interior of the state to a town called 
Maruanum. Are you ready to hear 
about one exciting evening in and out 
of Maruanum? 

Departure time from the church in 
Macapa was 1 3 : 00 hou rs. By 1 4 : 00 we 
were ready to roll. Pastor Eulalio 
stood at the front of the bus and ex- 
plained that this vehicle was really 
ours (it was a government bus and had 
been arranged for by one of the mem- 
bers of the church). Therefore, take 
care; keep arms inside; obey instruc- 
tions; keep it clean; and so on. 

Merrily we rolled along with a half- 
mile dust trail behind us; merrily we 
rolled as guitars chorded out the ac- 
companiment to dozens of songs and 
choruses. The 35 youths and 15 adults 
made beautiful music during the hours 
of travel time. 

The farther we went, the less 
traveled seemed the road. Then there 
was the river and no bridge. "All out 
of the bus," called the driver. All got 
out. Soon boatmen started the chug- 

Pastor Eulalio 

ging motor of an ancient barge and 
manipulated it to our side of the river. 
Not too skillfully the bus was backed 
onto the barge, and all passengers 
walked on except one fellow who was 
just playing around and fell into the 
river (you guessed it— it was the pas- 
tor's son). 

On the other side of the river the 
barge handlers advised that to return 
after 7:30 the tide would be too low 
to cross. But for about 30 cruzeiros 
($3) they could arrange for us to cross 
at about 22:30 hours or 10:30 p.m. 
The truth was the operators of the 
barge did not want to be awakened 
late at night. Finally on our way again, 
the road became wheel tracks only, 
the driver nosed the bus down a steep 
hill— and we were there. 

Looking around, one wondered 
how this place merited a name. On 
stilts stood a schoolhouse, a store, a 
medical post, an old unused chapel, 
and eight or ten small houses. The larg- 
est of the buildings was really a meet- 
ing hall where later we would have our 
"electronic evangelistic campaign." Be- 
tween the houses that were perched 
halfway up the hill from the river was 
a green meadow complete with cows, 
sheep, ducks, chickens, and some tur- 
keys—and now a bus and 50 invading 
"Soldiers of the Cross." 

The far side of the river was all 
dense forest, beautiful but foreboding. 
Sitting under one of the spreading 

trees on the river bank were half a 
dozen ladies cleaning a pile of fish. 
Some of the fish were tossed into the 
pot boiling over the wood fire; others 
were being prepared for drying; and 
still others became the evening meal 
for the invading evangelists. 

More quickly than one can say the 
word, the fellows were playing soccer. 
Before meeting time there was also op- 
portunity to swim in the beautiful, 
clear-flowing river and eat the sack 
lunches which had been brought along. 

As darkness was falling, we posi- 
tioned the generator away from the 
meeting hall, nailed the sheet to the 
end of the hall, and arranged the film 
projector, ready for the meeting. 

I wondered how many people could 
attend the service— not many seemed 
to be living in this "town." We were 
50, so we were guaranteed an audi- 
ence. Then the health workers came 
into "town" in their boat and they 
said they would attend, all four of 
them. The river communication sys- 
tem is efficient, for when the time of 
meeting arrived people began swarm- 
ing into the hall. The floor was solid 
with sitting people, the benches along 
the sides were super-loaded, and the 
rest of the more than 300 people 
stood— for 2 hours and more. 

Few of the people attending the 

meeting knew the hymns and 

choruses, but the Macapa youth choir 

(Continued on page 7) 



Excerpts from a letter written in late 
December by Pastor Juan Colle of Cor- 
doba, Argentina, to Gordon Austin of 
the FMS office, and translated from 
the Spanish by Mr. Austin: 

In November I officiated at four 
baptisms at La Carlota. During this 
year they have had more than ten con- 
versions in different meetings. 

On December 18 we had four bap- 
tisms in the river for the church of 
Banda Norte. Three girls were brought 
to the Lord by the young people of 
Alpha and Omega (Campus Crusade), 
and decided to unite with the church 
of Banda Norta. The other girl wanted 
to be baptized a long time ago, but her 
parents were opposed. Now her 
mother is attending the meetings. 

At Rio Cuarto, in recent days they 
painted the church. The Christmas 
program there, although very simple, 
was attended by many new people. In 
the fellowship hall, after the meeting, 
a cold supper was served, for which 
the brethren had brought food. In 
November they had a men's meeting 
(the second in many years), where the 
need of the Evangelism Commission 
was presented, that they might be able 
to do their work in our congregations. 
There were 35 men present. Now we 
have also the new (after many years- 

Pastor Juan Colle with his wife and two children (another 
child has been added to the family now) 


Scene at Brethren campground, Argentina 

APRIL 1, 1977 

(Continued on page 11) 




Mr. Rollier with his daughters 
(at back) and Marguerite Grib- 
ble, also two children of edu- 
cated African parents 

The Gribble tent at "Camp 
Wait-Some-More" (picture 
taken on Gribbles' sixth wed- 
ding anniversary) 

Often God has placed His people in 
His school to learn from the Holy 
Spirit. It might have been in a desert 
or on a mountain, or it might even 
have been in the wilderness. We ac- 
cepted our school days in our retreat 
and thanked the Lord. 

As we moved to the camp we were 
weary, worn, and weak. God heard our 
cry and saw our tears as He attended 
to the voice of our prayers. We 
pleaded that He would take our hand 
and lead us on and help us stand. We 
took our turns in being sick. The Rol- 
liers remained at the Swedish Mission. 
1 was nursing in the French homes but 
had to take time off to have a severe 
case of malaria. I had been anointed to 
live but, because my fever was so high 
and continued so long, all feared my 
recovery impossible. The devil tried 

Miss Estella Myers 

(FMS editor's note: Not long before 
her death 20 years ago, pioneer mis- 
sionary Miss Estella Myers wrote a 
series of articles dealing with the estab- 
lishment of the Brethren mission in 
Africa. This installment, the fourth in 
the series, is reprinted from the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald for March 3, 

hard to take my life, but the Lord 
wanted me to live; thus the devil was 
defeated. The French doctor was espe- 
cially attentive and kind to me. After 
my temperature was normal, I was out 
again nursing for him. This time it was 
in the home of the man who was in 
charge of the wireless telegraphy. They 
told me that the Governor General had 
wired three times to Paris in our behalf 
without response. 

Very few white people lived in 
Brazzaville. There were government of- 
ficials and a few commercial people 
and some priests and nuns. The 
government officials became more and 
more friendly to us. The Governor 
General often gave me the New York 
daily to read and take out to our 

camp. I visited the camp often, almost 
every day. The French women gave me 
gifts. One was a big European red roos- 
ter to take out to my people to eat. 
When Mrs. Rollier saw him, she re- 
quested that we save him and take him 
up-country with us. One day he went 
visiting and brought back with him a 
little white hen. We never knew where 
he found her. They spent the nights on 
top of the grass roof over Mr. Gribble's 
tent to be safe from animals. 

On Sunday afternoons Mr. Haas 
and Mr. Rollier had French services. 
The little organ we had with us helped 
with the music. The French women 
from Brazzaville attended the meetings 
for a while. The war was over and then 
they began to plan furlough. 


One day when we were all together 
at camp for our prayer meeting, Mr. 
Haas said: "Some day we shall under- 
stand why we have to wait for permis- 
sion to preach the Gospel in this col- 
ony. We believe God has delivered 
Oubangui-Chari into our hands; let us 
rejoice and praise His name and thank 
Him! Let us from now on ask for guid- 
ance as to where we should locate, and 
pray that He will prepare the hearts of 
the people to whom He will send us, 
that when they hear the 'Good News' 
they will accept it!" We rejoiced and 
with one accord our prayer meetings 
were changed to praising the Lord and 
thanking Him that He was answering 
our prayers. In confidence we rested in 
Him for whose cause we were there. 
What peace to walk by faith! By faith 
we could see the many natives coming 
to the Lord to be saved as they heard 
the way of salvation explained to 
them. In unity and harmony we rested 
in the Lord for leading. 

The last case I had at Brazzaville 
was the wife of the mayor. The Gover- 
nor General and the Governor came as 
usual to see the sick. The day that I 
was about ready to leave they thanked 
me for my services with them in the 
city, and said: "We feel we know you 
people better than we did at first, and 
we would like to do something kind 
for you personally. Don't say, 'Give 
our people permission,' for we cannot 
give this," they said, "it must come 
from Paris. However, we are leaving 

Brazzaville as new officials are coming. 
If you people would like to go up to 
Carnot and wait there, we shall make 
this possible. Ask your people and, if 
they agree, tell the men to come to see 
us at once!" Then I asked that permis- 
sion be given to Miss Snyder, my com- 
panion, to return to French Colony, as 
the Governor had written on her pass- 
port she could not return. They 
granted this request. 

Things began to happen. 

Of course, we were delighted for 
this advance, for would we not be near 
Oubangui-Chari, our destination, and 
be able to learn the language of the 

When the men visited the officials 
and requested this move, they were 
told that the last boat up the river for 
that season would be going next 
month. We would need to hurry. 

The following days we were busy 
packing and getting ready to move. 
Mr. Haas decided to go home and mus- 
ter reinforcements; we were to stay in 
the colony and hold the fort. Seven 
months at Camp Wait-Some-More had 
increased our weakness physically, but 
we were happy to move on. Oh, the 
joy within! 

The mayor of the town, Mr. 
Laroux, was a special friend of Mr. 
Pinilli, the administrator at Carnot. He 
gave a letter to me to read, then to 
give to Mr. Pinilli. He called him 
Pinchi. Mr. Rollier translated it into 
English. I quote the letter: 

"My dear Pinchi: 

"I am authorized from our long- 
standing and sympathetic relationship 
to recommend to you personally a 
caravan of American Protestant mis- 
sionaries. Among them I know particu- 
larly Miss Myers who has cared with 
absolute devotion night and day for 
my wife during the meningitis which 
she recently passed through. I was able 
during these sad moments when my 
wife was about to die to appreciate the 
courage and the goodness of Miss 
Myers. And that causes me to ask you 
to facilitate to her and to her com- 
panions their installation into our 
country. I fear that they delude them- 
selves as to the success of their mis- 
sion. It is not for me to discourage 
them from their desire to improve the 
life of the Negro. Only experience will 
educate them. And I would that your 
reception should not augment the 
chagrin of their difficult contact with 
the soul of the blacks. This being said, 
I thank you for that which you will do 
for them. Hospitality is a French 
colonial virtue and that is one reason 
for which I may be assured of your 
good comradeship. I here add to my 
letter the kind remembrances of my 
wife and my most cordial wishes to 

C. A. Laroux" 

We took the little boat Djah on 
September 19, 1919. We were weak in 
body but praising the Lord. 


(Continued from page 4) 

was really great. Adults and young 
people gave testimonies. The first film 
on the life of Christ lasted a little more 
than half an hour. Then came more 
special music and testimonies with in- 
vitation to receive Christ. A second 
film lasted another half hour and again 
people were invited to make decisions. 
I do not know how many responded 
to the invitation. Some did, while 
others indicated an interest and a de- 
sire to talk about it some other time. 

But what other time? The govern- 
ment bus was available one time. We 
were returning home. Again we 
crossed the river on the ancient barge. 
Yes, the operators did get awake and 
somehow the river was deep enough to 
cross. We rolled along the dustry road. 
While still a long way off we saw the 
reflection of the lights of Macapa. 
Some on the bus were asleep; a few 
sang occasionally; others of us were 
thinking and praying— praying for a 

way to minister to those people, and 
not only the people of Maruanum but 
to other similar communities around 
Macapa — communities without any 
evangelical testimony. I thought about 
Pastor Eulalio with his old bicycle. He 
has a difficult time trying to minister 
to his own members in the city. Yet he 
has a tremendous burden to reach out. 
He feels the responsibility to evan- 
gelize and minister to the many com- 
munities open to the Gospel. 
But how? 

APRIL 1, 1977 




Rev. John W. Zielasko 

Friendly young girls-Bangkok 

The president of our board of trus- 
tees, Dr. Glenn O'Neal, and I just re- 
turned from a tour of the Orient. It 
was quick— 25 days, covering 9 major 
cities. Now that cannot qualify us as 
experts on Asia, but it did give us good 
exposure to the Far East and put us in 
touch with many knowledgeable 
people, including missionaries, na- 
tional pastors, and laymen. As we 
made our way from country to coun- 
try, our contacts outdid themselves in 
hospitality by providing us with 
memorable experiences, warm friends, 
encouragement in our mission, and a 
briefcase full of information on mis- 
sion needs and opportunities in the 

The hand of the Lord was evident 
in overcoming obstacles such as visa re- 
quirements and plane schedule 
changes. For example, in Honolulu, 
just before boarding the plane, we 
were informed that we could not stop 
in Taiwan because we had no visa. It 
seems that Japan and Taiwan have 
broken diplomatic relations, and the 
Japanese authorities would take away 

our tickets if a stop in Taiwan was in- 
cluded. I never have been able to 
figure out the logic behind this, but 
since the plane was about to leave, 
there was nothing we could do but ac- 
cept the verdict and have our tickets 
adjusted, striking out the Taiwan stop. 
A few days later we were in Korea at 
the home of a prominent Korean busi- 
nessman where we had been invited 
for dinner. Upon our arrival we were 
introduced to the other guests— all 
prominent citizens and all Christians. 
One of the guests just happened to be 
(isn't it great the way our Lord makes 
things just happen) the Chinese consul. 
We explained our problem to him— by 
Monday morning it was no longer a 
problem. We had the necessary visa 
and were able to get our plane reserva- 
tions reconfirmed for Taiwan. Don't 
tell me God doesn't work in provi- 
dential ways! 

Well, what did we learn in the 
Orient that is of significance to the 
Brethren Foreign Missionary Society? 
Did you know that this is the Year of 
the Snake? At least, according to the 

Chinese almanac it is. Before judging 
this as odd, don't forget that their 
civilization goes back a lot farther than 
western civilization. The Chinese zodi- 
ac spans a 12-year cycle. Starting then 
with 1977, the years are named Snake, 
Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Cock, Dog, 
Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, and 
Dragon. To find out which year you 
are, keep adding 12 to your birth year 
until you get to 1977 or later. If, for 
example, the figure is 1980, you area 
monkey— sorry about that. 

Now, that doesn't have anything to 
do with missions— or does it? That 
years should be called by the names of 
animals seems strange to American 
ears. But then there are many things 
about the Orient which are strange to 
us. All of those funny-looking charac- 
ters that represent oriental writing 
(some 3,000 in the Japanese language), 
sitting cross-legged on cushions at low 
tables for meals, and eating with chop- 
sticks. These are just some of the more 
obvious differences. There are others 
of a far deeper nature that make the 
gulf between East and West difficult to 


Oriental worship scene 

Women street sellers— Bangkok 

bridge. The point for missions is sim- 
ple, but important. If we are to enter 
the Orient as a mission, we must be 
absolutely sure that the people who 
are sent as missionaries have a respect 
for and are willing to adjust to the 
culture of the Orient. It is also impera- 
tive that they have a mastery of the 
language of the people to whom they 
will minister— and you just don't learn 
Chinese or Japanese in a year's time. 
Now that may sound like an elemen- 
tary observation and obvious to all. 
Unfortunately, the differences in a 
culture do not always make a signifi- 
cant impression on the minds of candi- 
dates until they are actually immersed 
in that culture. 

While we are on the subject, it 
might be well to mention some other 
problems that missions face in the 
Orient. You see, even after all these 
years of Christian missionary activity, 
only 3 percent of the people are Chris- 
tian. That is surprising since we know 
that some of the finest missionaries in 
the history of the Christian church 
labored in that area of the world. This 
should alert us; there must be some 
good reasons for this poor showing of 
Christianity in the Far East. There are 
and therefore a missionary should 
know there are. He must not rush in 
without a knowledge of the obstacles 

that will be encountered, or without 
understanding what veteran mission- 
aries have learned from experience on 
that spiritual battlefield. Just a few of 
those obstacles are mentioned here. 

Religious obstacles— One must face 
old, deeply entrenched, and active re- 
ligions—Buddhism, Hinduism, Confu- 
cianism are not dead; they still hold a 
powerful influence in the lives of 

Political obstacles— Governments do 
not make it easy for missionaries. Of 
course, China is totally closed to west- 
ern missions. India isn't granting visas 
to new missionaries, and some of the 
countries we visited grant only three- 
to six-month visas. These can be re- 
newed, but the inconvenience of leav- 
ing one's work and traveling great dis- 
tances to untangle all this red tape is 

Social barriers— Strong social ties 
make it difficult for an individual to 
make a decision which will ostracize 
him from his family. It is hard for us 
as Americans, with our emphasis on 
personal freedoms and individual 
rights, to appreciate this. 

Financial barriers— Rents are high 
and land is expensive. We saw one 
church that meets on the seventh floor 
of an office building. The government 
insisted that the land on which the 

church was built should be put to 
more efficient use. So, they had to 
tear down their building, build a high- 
rise, and make the top floor their sanc- 

This is not a complete picture, but 
sufficient to make us cautious. Now I 
know that the Lord can simply remove 
any obstacle, but in most cases He 
does not do it without prayer and 
initiative on our part. Indeed, in some 
cases He even permits the obstacle to 
remain. As Gideon tested his men to 
select the best, so the Lord tests His 
servants to discover those who will not 
turn aside in the face of difficulties. 
When we discussed the seemingly in- 
surmountable obstacles to missions 
with a brother in Indonesia, he re- 
minded us that the victory belongs to 
the strong and the brave, and that 
prayer and persistence open closed 
doors. Most assuredly, the presence of 
obstacles should not frighten us off. 

With this in mind, here are some 
quick observations on missionary op- 
portunities in the Far East: 

Japan— The Protestant population 
of this country of 111 million num- 
bers less than 150,000. Faced with 
that unhappy statistic, no doubt exists 
that there is plenty of work for mis- 
sionaries to do. But thus far the re- 
sponse of the Japanese to the Gospel 
has been poor. The work of evangelism 
and church planting is extremely diffi- 
cult. The Japanese live in a close-knit, 
regimented society. Social pressures 
and the work arrangement— that is, in- 
dustry's total lifetime care for em- 
ployees—make individualistic decisions 
difficult One of the most successful 
church-planting methods has been 
based on the teaching of English and 
using these contacts as a basis to start 

APRIL 1, 1977 

a church. The average church, by the 
way, has a membership between 10 
and 20. 

Korea— The contrast between the 
state of Christianity in Japan and in 
Korea is nothing short of phenomenal. 
How refreshing to find a country in 
Asia where Christianity is flourishing. 
In 1955 the Christian church num- 
bered one million; in 1965, two mil- 
lion; in 1975, four million. Christians 
there are projecting a goal of ten mil- 
lion by 1985. At present 12 percent of 
the population is Christian. There is 
much mission activity plus a growing 
and active Christian church. It would 
indeed be tempting to place mission- 
ary personnel among these energetic, 
industrious, and spiritually responsive 
people. However, in view of the pres- 
ent missionary force, plus the strength 
and evangelistic efforts of the Korean 
church itself, it would occupy a prior- 
ity rating as far as an initial entrance 
into the Orient by the Brethren Foreign 
Missionary Society only if we are 
willing to send personnel to work 
alongside already existing churches. If 
our goal as a mission is to plant 
churches, then there are other areas of 
greater priority. 

Taiwan— In December of 1949, fol- 
lowing the communist conquest of 
mainland China, Chiang Kai-shek es- 
tablished the government of the Re- 
public of China on this island which 
lies about 90 miles off the southeast 
coast of mainland China. Its status 
among the nations of the world was 
jeopardized when communist China 
was admitted to the United Nations. 

Ninety-eight percent of the people 
are Chinese, but only ten percent are 
from the mainland. Most follow a re- 
ligion which is basically animistic but 
includes elements of Buddhism and 
Confucianism. Only four and a half 
percent of the people are Christian. 
There is great need for evangelism and 
church planting, but the missionary 
will need to recognize the fact that 
people are not eagerly waiting for the 
Gospel. Layers of prejudice, culture, 
and religion will have to be peeled 
away (in love) before reaching a re- 
ceptive heart. 

Philippines-Of all the places that 
we visited, this appears to be the best 

and most responsive opportunity for 
evangelism and church planting. Even 
though there are many Christian 
organizations in Manila, the city is far 
from evangelized. Metro-Manila, with a 
population officially listed at four 
million but unofficially rated much 
higher, is ripe for harvest. There is a 
favorable climate toward Americans, 
especially, we were told, among the 
generation that was growing up when 
the American troops were in Manila. 
These people remember the friendli- 

Buddhist monk at temple 

ness, kindness, and generosity of the 
American G.I. who gave them candy, 
chewing gum, and a smile. However, 
from the political point of view, there 
is a love/hate relationship that exists 
toward America— love and respect for 
the better qualities of the ordinary 
American but hatred for the superior 
attitudes sometimes displayed. The 
fewest obstacles and the greatest re- 
sponse to the Gospel are found in the 
Philippines today. 

Indonesia— It is too early to make a 

Market and apartment buildings— Hong Kong— refugee area 


Street scene— Korea 

judgment on this vast area in the 
South Pacific. Certainly the needs are 
tremendous, and it is true that in re- 
cent years thousands of Muslims have 
joined the Christian church. Unfortu- 
nately, the political situation at the 
moment makes it difficult for mis- 
sions, especially for a new work to 
enter. There is to be an election in 
May, and the Muslims are making 
every effort to win this election. If 
they do win, the obstacles are not in- 

surmountable. We do have Indonesian 
contacts that will help us to set up the 
necessary legal structure that would be 
needed to place our missionaries in 
this vast area of the world. 

Now, how do we go about trans- 
lating the conviction that Brethren 
Foreign Missions should be in the 
Orient into our actual presence there? 
The most important factor in making 
that decision centers on personnel. It 
was impressed upon us time after time 

that one of the keys to success is to 
place the right person in the right spot. 
Only well prepared, spiritually mature, 
totally dedicated people, who are will- 
ing to make the sacrifices demanded of 
a missionary church planter, will be 
able to stay the course and carry out a 
successful ministry in the Orient. I be- 
lieve the Brethren Church has such 
people— young people who are ready 
to start now to prepare for a mission- 
ary career by picking the place; study- 
ing the culture, history, and religions 
of the people; and beginning now to 
learn one of the complex and difficult 
languages of the Orient. 

Maybe— just maybe — there are 
people who have stayed with us during 
this quick verbal trip and are chal- 
lenged by the opportunities but fearful 
of the problems. To such, let me add 
that our Lord expects no one to con- 
front the enemy or hurdle the ob- 
stacles alone. The Christian missionary 
can go in confidence, knowing that the 
Holy Spirit reproves "the world of sin, 
and of righteousness, and of judg- 
ment" (John 16:8), and that it is Jesus 
Christ Himself who says, "I will build 
my church" (Matt 16:18). 


(Continued from page 5) 


perhaps 15) National Society of Men. 
One of the immediate objectives is the 
organization of another meeting of 
men for March 5 in Santa Rosa de 
Calamuchita; also, to support the ex- 
penses of the Evangelism Commission. 

Because of the great quantity of 
rain in these two months, the moun- 
tains are covered with green, and the 
campground is beautiful. The modifi- 
cation was made in the kitchen, enlarg- 
ing it and adding to it. Some men did 
this during the first two weeks of this 
month. The first camp will be that of 
the young people, beginning the eighth 
of January, followed by that of the 
adolescents, children, and families, and 
finishing with the conference, Febru- 
ary 1 8-20. 

We are seriously considering open- 
ing the Bible Institute in Almafuerte 

for 1977. Possibly the classes will be at 
night so that the students can work 
during the day. 

The objective of the Evangelism 
Commission has arisen because of the 
need of evangelism in the local 
churches. For the moment there is no 
permanent team, but we can count on 
the good disposition of the pastors, 
missionaries, and active laymen. The 
same have promised to be in charge of 
a weekend in a campaign. In just a few 
months sufficient money has been 
gathered through offerings or monthly 
pledges on the part of the men, that it 
was possible to buy the 16mm projec- 
tor and an amplifier from the mission. 
The Estanciera (a jeep-type vehicle) 
that was obtained for use at the camp 
will be used for this evangelistic team. 
There are some 15 men and young 

people committed for these cam- 
paigns. Horacio Bettinalio was one of 
the first to promote this need, and 
now he is found very active in all this. 

Last Sunday we had a beautiful 
Christmas program in Cordoba with 
two choirs of the church, and a drama 
in five acts, "Christmas in the Sub- 
urbs," was performed by the young 
people. There were various new people 
present. The young people and the 
adolescents have been found to be 
very enthused in these last months, 
having new ones in the group. There is 
a great deal of spirit among the breth- 
ren. In Santa Isabel we are having con- 
tacts with neighbors. 

The Brethren Church in Argentina 
is expecting grand and new blessings 
from above in 1977. Continue praying 
for us. 

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From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association 

Pastor of the Rialto Brethren Church, Rev. Dale Brock, 
is a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves. He serves as 
chaplain to men on duty at Los Alamitos Naval Air Sta- 
tion two Saturdays each month, in active witnessing to 
his men. This spring he will be taking two weeks of 
training at Newport, R.I., studying at the advance school 
for senior chaplains. 

-Christianity Today has urged 
Christians to write to the governor of California to ask 
that former Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver be 

In an editorial in its Feb. 18 issue, the magazine says 
that "Cleaver's most immediate legal challenge is a trial 
set to begin May 9 on three counts of assault with intent 
to kill and three counts of assault on Oakland, Cali- 
fornia, policemen. He has pled not guilty. Meanwhile, 
newfound friends are seeking the large sum of money 
needed for his legal defense." 

According to Christianity Today, Mr. Cleaver "now 
bears witness to a radical transformation of heart and 
life rising from his religious experience." 

There were 58 who enjoyed a first annual Father-Son 
banquet at the Susquehanna Grace Brethren Church 
(Wrightsville, Pa.). After a full-course turkey dinner, a 
challenge was brought regarding the Brethren Boys Min- 
istry followed by a film presentation of "The Rocky 
Mountain National Park" given by Ranger Gerald Fultz 
who was assisted by "Smokey" the bear. 

The Susquehanna Brethren also are excited about the 
results of a four-day meeting held with Rev. Herman 
Hein using as an emphasis the Christian walk and service. 
There were 41 decisions made in dedication to soul win- 
ning, including 5 for salvation. 

Clarence Bigelow, city manager 
of Kingman and a local Mormon Church bishop, has led 
a move to ban a children's play based on evolution called 
"Ancient Ooze and All That Moves." 

The musical, performed by a repertory theater com- 
pany from Tucson, has been banned here by both city 
and school officials following its initial performance at a 
Kingman elementary school. 


Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 45 days in advance of their scheduled dates. 

Accident, Md., Mar. 27-Apr. 6; John Lancaster, pastor; 
Becker Evangelistic Team. 

Prosser, Wash. April. 3-10; Bill Shelby, pastor; Allen Herr, 

Johnstown, Pa. (First), Apr. 10-17; Charles Martin, pas- 
tor; Becker Evangelistic Team. 

The following are Psalms written by the young people 
of Community Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, 
Calif., while they were on a recent retreat. 

A Psalm of Heidi, Vickie, Angie, and Robin. 
Lord, I want to be closer to You, 
and I realize what strength You 

have for me. 

I think about You, I talk about 

You, I write for You and pray to 


A Psalm of Rusty, Danny, and Elliott. 

The Lord is my shield and my 


His strength will conquer all!! 

To start my day, I will meet 

Him in prayer, and spend time 

with Him in the Word. 

For this is the best way to 

start the day. 

A Psalm of Tammy, Irene, Karen B., and Teresa. 
O, Lord, what beauty you have 
shown us. 
What mercy you have shown to me! 

A Psalm of Rae Anne. 

He comes with me in my heart. 

He comforts me in the things 

I should do. 

He loves me and guides me 

through the cold and heat. 

I love you Heavenly Father. 

No evil man will come upon me. 

O, Lord, O, God. Amen. 

A Psalm of Karen O., Pam, Cyndee, and Diane. 

Be strong in the Lord 

For He is our shepherd. 

We will trust in Him for 

He is good to us. 

Read God's Word, and meditate 

day and night. 

He will help us share with 


And make us happy in Him. 

Fourteen hours of training 
in personal evangelism and discipleship were completed 
by 258,085 people in 165 cities sponsoring Campus Cru- 
sade for Christ's "Here's Life America" in 1976, adding 
further impetus to what Crusade leaders see as an ex- 
panding spiritual awakening in North America. 

In the next thrust say directors, some 400,000 
trained workers from 14,000 churches of all denomi- 
nations will participate in this strategic outreach. 


The accompanying picture was taken at a farewell recep- 
tion given for the David Seifert family by the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach. (David had been Asso- 
ciate Pastor of this church.) Pastor David Hocking of- 
fered prayer for the family (seated are Jacinda, Mrs. 
Seifert, Susanna, Mr. Seifert, and Jonathan) assisted by 
all the pastoral staff of First Brethren, Brethren Church 
Schools, and Western Schools of Church Growth. The 
Seiferts are moving to Modesto, Calif., where Pastor 
Seifert has been called as pastor of the Greenwood Grace 
Brethren Church. 


See page 51 under the heading of SCORING. Please 
add a No. 6 which should read: "Errors are penalized by 
a minus 1 points beginning with the 4th team error or 
beginning with question number 16 (whichever comes 

WHY THE CHANGE? A weakness has been un- 
covered. This additional rule change is needed because if 
a team has two errors or less and is ahead by 20 points at 
the 1 8th question, that team could win the quiz by pur- 
posely erring on the 19th question (no penalty) thus 
giving a free question on the 20th question (worth only 
1 points). 

Kenneth Stoll, 509 Fairhill, Willow 
Grove, Pa. 19090 ... Edward Clark, 10112 Alondra 
Blvd., Bellflower, Calif. 90706 (Tel. 
213/925-2232).. .Howard Altig, 9577 Rose St., Bell- 
flower, Calif. 90706 ... Lee Dice, R. R. 5, Box 89, Dills- 
burg, Pa. 17019. 

James Powell was licensed by the Northwest District 
Ministerium, and he has accepted the call as Minister of 
Christian Education at Grace Brethren Church, Beaver- 
ton, Oreg. He is also to be the director of the new kin- 
dergarten sponsored by the church. 

An Easter narrative "free of all anti- 
Judaic accusations or implications" has been prepared 
by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. 

The project had the cooperation of 25 Protestant and 
Catholic theologians and was described as "not a re- 
writing of Scripture," but "Biblically sound and theo- 
logically based." 

One writer observed that the Easter narrative would 
have a profound influence in "eradication of contempt 
for the Jews which has for too long been entangled" in 
the celebration of Easter. 

Notices in this colur 

•lust be submitted i 

iting by the pastor. 


A six-month's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald is given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

The following marriages were solemnized at First Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif.: Brenda Sewell and John 
Moore; Linda Bruce and Rick Halberg; Sandy Badgett 
and Dan McGuire; Mary Hotchkiss and Rick Shaw; 
Linda Bloomer and Gregg Olson. 

Judy Herdlicka and James Rausch, Dec. 18, 1976, Pleas- 
ant Grove Grace Brethren Church, North English, Iowa. 
Carol Sarver and Phillip Hill, Dec. 21, 1976. Hastings 
Grace Brethren Church, Hastings, Mich. The bride's 
father, Pastor Russell Sarver, was assisted in the cere- 
mony by Pastor Bill Stevens. 

Laura Maury and Daryl Campbell, Jan. 7, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Colorado Springs, Colo. 
Gladys Malles and Harry Michaels, Jan. 22, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Camille Olson and Robert Marsh, Jan. 23, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Beaverton, Oreg. 97005. 
Cathy Baker and David Dell, Feb. 5, First Brethren 
Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Joyce Hektor and Ivan Martin, Feb. 5, Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

BEARINGER, Mary, went to be with her Lord recently. 
Mrs. Bearinger was the mother of Rev. Ernest Bearinger, 
missionary to Brazil. Mrs. Bearinger was a member and 
deaconess of the First Brethren Church of Waynesboro, 
Pa. Wendell Kent, pastor. 

FETTERS, Bryson, 83, Feb. 1. Mr. Fetters was a long- 
time, faithful member of Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, 
Ind. Memorial services were conducted by his pastor, 
Rev. Earle Peer, assisted by Rev. Jacob Schrock. (For 
further details see 3/1 Herald.) 

FLORY, Reba, 63, Feb. 4. Reba was the wife of Rev. 
Albert Flory who for many years was principal of the 
Long Beach Brethren High School. The memorial service 
was conducted by Dr. Charles Mayes. 
KASHISHIAN, Pearl, Jan. 6, a member of the First 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif., since 1938. David 
Hocking, pastor. 

McDONALD, Esther, 75, Feb. 2, the wife of Rev. Grant 
McDonald. The McDonalds had lived 31 years in Ra- 
mona, Calif., where Mr. McDonald was pastor of the 
Grace Community Church until his retirement. For 
many years the McDonalds served the Lord in Brethren 
churches throughout the Fellowship. The present pastor 
of the Grace Community Church of Ramona, Pastor 
Robert Firl, was assisted at the memorial service by the 
pastor of Grant and Esther McDonald, Pastor Lynn 
Schrock of the Grace Brethren Church, San Diego, 
Calif., and Rev. Archer Baum, San Diego, Calif. 
WEIDEL, Celeste, 85, Feb. 14, a member of the First 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 20 years. G. Forrest 
Jackson, pastor. 

WEST, Russell, Jan. 25, a faithful member serving as 
elder, deacon and outreach chairman, as well as a charter 
member of the Denver Grace Brethren Church, Denver, 
Colo. Donald Weltmer, pastor. 

APRIL 1, 1977 


Men of the church hand carved each door, complete with a Scripture verse. 

Front view of the new East Side Grace Brethren Church, Columbus, Ohio. 


Pastor Dick Sellers 

On one of the coldest days of a 
record-breaking cold winter, 280 per- 
sons gathered in the afternoon of 
January 30 to dedicate the beautiful 
new church building of the East Side 
Grace Brethren Church at Columbus, 

In spite of the heavy snow that 
drifted and closed many of the roads 
in the Columbus area, it was deter- 
mined that dedication day would be 
held as planned. The natural gas crisis 
forced many churches in our area to 
close, but we are fortunate to have an 
electrical heating system, enabling us 
to keep our doors open. 

Speaker for the occasion was Dr. 
David Burnham, pastor of the Chapel 
in University Park, Akron, Ohio. 
Grateful acknowledgments were ex- 
pressed to the building committee, the 
Brethren Investment Foundation, the 
district mission board, and to the 
Grace Brethren Church at Worthing- 
ton, Ohio. 

Bob Devine, builder and president 
of Eagle Construction Co., the general 

contractor, was introduced to the con- 
gregation. Mr. Devine presented the 
keys to the church to Tony Sorren- 
tino, chairman of the trustee board. 

Rev. Frank Gardner led the congre- 
gational singing, Rev. James Custer 
gave the dedicatory prayer, and our as- 
sistant pastor. Randy Bowman, led the 
Litany of Dedication. 

We are rejoicing in the Lord's bless- 
ing on the work here at Columbus East 
Side. The first service of the church 
was held in September of 1971, and all 
services of the church have shown a 
steady growth since that time. Mem- 
bership has grown from 26 in 1971 to 
a total of 157 at the end of 1976. 

Offerings have steadily increased 
also, reaching a total of $88,000 for 
1976. On dedication day, members 
and friends gave a record offering of 

Pray with us that our new building 
will become a means of helping com- 
plete our task of exposing everyone in 
our community to the claims of 


(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 31 and 32 
of the 1977 Brethren AnnuaLJ 


Mr. Terrence D. Shultzman June 2 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Empire. 

Mrs. Marvin L. Goodman June 12 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Empire. 

Rev. Roy B. Snyder June 1 5 

Miss Marie Mishler June 19 


Beverly Anne Hodgdon June 26, 1961 


Rev. Roger D. Peugh June 17 

Mrs. Roger D. Peugh June 1 7 

Rev. Thomas T. Julien June 27 


Rev. Clifford L. Coffman June 22 


Rev. Martin M. Garber June 14 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Lynda Kay Garber June 15, 1969 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 


Pres.-Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Woos- 

ter Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Secy.-Mrs. George Christie, 417 Allison 

Way, Goldendale, Wash. 98620 
Asst. Secy.-Mrs. Sally Neely, 565 Stony- 
ridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373 
Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 

National WMC.) 
Asst. Fin. Secy.-Mrs. Thomas Inman, 2244 

Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Lit. Secy.-Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 8, 

Box 157, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Richard Sellers, 4661 

Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 

Offering Opportunity 

House for Sale: One Dollar— Contact the U.S. govern- 

Yes, in some parts of our great country today you 
can buy a house for a dollar, if you promise to fix it 
up and live in it for five years. But five years is a long 
time for some people to live in one place. Brethren 
missionaries' "moving statistics" would probably beat 
the average American family . . . and they not only 
move from house to house, but from country to 
country— often returning home for furlough to no 
place of their own. 

Our Foreign Mission project offering this year is for 
the residence for the Norm Johnson family in Uber- 
landia, South Brazil. No, their home did not cost one 
dollar. But take a look at what WMC ladies across the 
United States could do for this project. If each mem- 
ber gave $2 the total would be approximately $9,000 
toward the total of $30,000. Think of all the thou- 
sands of dollars you have invested in your home or 
homes in the U.S., and then thank the Lord for giving 
you the opportunity to invest in the building of a 
missionary's home in South Brazil. 

-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, First V. Pres. -Project 
APRIL 1, 1977 

Only $2 ^ ^S£^ 

From each of you 

Will help us do 

Great things for God this year! 

£.0St and ^found 

If you cannot seem to find the Mis- 
sion Study for your April meeting 
anywhere in your packet, check the 
March Herald and an article en- 
titled, "An SMM Gem" will fill 
your need. 

Let's celebrate! God has given the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches a wonderful 
organization for girls of all ages— SMM. With 
new programs for each age group, girls and 
women over the Fellowship are excited. Dur- 
ing April this organization marks another an- 
niversary of the development of a totally 
Brethren girls organization. As WMC ladies, 
let's help make this celebration one to remem- 
ber for our daughters in the Lord. 


(WMC editor's note: Mrs. Jean Coverstone is a member of the Grace College Art Depart- 
ment and faculty. Receiving a diploma for seminary training at a recent Grace commence- 
ment, jean continues her firm resolve to continue learning.) 

"A woman 38 years old enrolling as 
a college freshman should have her 
head examined!" How many times this 
thought recurred and almost over- 
whelmed me. It seemed especially to 
take over when I was doing exercises 
in Physical Education with agile young 
teenagers. Or when my peers evaluated 
my speeches: "good speech— well 
done— but what relevance does it have 
for our generation?" Even the school 
art critics said my paintings were blah 
with "no message." When I would 
awake to the blatant alarm bell, fully 
clothed, with my head resting on the 
open textbook I had been studying the 
night before, I was tempted to just for- 
get the whole thing. 

The rewards, however, have far out- 
weighed the disadvantages. I was mo- 
tivated to continue by my three sons 
who had faith in my ability to teach, 
and my husband who encouraged me 
to do that which I felt to be important 
and fulfilling. But most of all there 
was the overwhelming sense that God 
expected me to use the talents He had 
given me in service to Him. 

It had been 14 years since I had 
been stricken with bulbar polio. I felt 
tired on the day I became ill, but what 
young mother doesn't occasionally? 
Throughout the day this feeling inten- 
sified. At noon I had difficulty swal- 
lowing my lunch and by 4 p.m., I 
couldn't hold up my head. By the time 
the doctor had examined me, I was 
barely conscious, and I don't remem- 
ber arriving at the Elkhart General 
Hospital. They told me later that if I 
lived through the first night I had a 
50-50 chance of recovery. The next 
weeks are strange, vague, pain-filled 

memories. It was later that I learned 
my bed had a slab of plywood for a 
mattress, and that my feet were tied to 
the foot of the bed so that the muscles 
in one leg wouldn't contract more 
than the other. I also learned they had 
burned all the clothing that I wore the 
evening I was admitted. 

The only vivid memories are my 
prayers to God— very simple petitions 
that my pain-racked body allowed me 
to repeat over and over: "Thy will be 
done... Thy will be done ... The 
Lord is my shepherd, I shall not 
want . . . The Lord is my shep- 
herd. ..." I must have repeated those 
familiar phrases by the hour until one 
day the blackness left me, and I 
returned to a world of light and sound 
and feeling and knew that God had 
listened to me. 

For additional weeks I could not 
raise my head or turn it or use my 
hands, but I was moved from isolation 
and could see my family and friends 
for brief conversations. I gradually 
gained strength and bodily control. 
Finally the doctors released me ad- 
monishing me to reconcile myself to 
being a semi-invalid for the rest of my 
life. In gratitude to God for His de- 
liverance I determined to use my life 
for His service. I began by forcing my 
hands to do simple, everyday tasks: 
buttoning and zippering, opening and 
closing a safety pin, holding a comb to 
my hair. The more difficult tasks came 
much later; playing the piano again, re- 
learning typing, holding a crochet 
hook and maneuvering it, and most 
important of all, holding my young 
fidgety son. With the years, God has 
seen fit to take me from the wheel- 

chair into an active life, and I am 
humbly grateful. 

•Therefore, how could I stop learn- 
ing? (Please God, don't ever let me 
stop learning!) I completed a Bache- 
lor's degree at Goshen College and a 
Master's at the University of Notre 
Dame. And this was only the begin- 
ning! Each day as I walk into the class- 
room I am learning from my students 
as I teach them. I am learning about 
life and about God and His world. In 
the precious time God has allowed me, 
I want to share with my students as 
much as I can of the wonders of His 
world and how important it is for each 
one to use his hands and his abilities to 
create beauty and goodness. 

APRIL 1, 1977 

We have often seen the sign 
"Under New Management" fas- 
tened to the door of a business. The 
implication is, when they put up 
that sign, they want customers to 
come in and see for themselves that 
things are different and better now 
that a new manager has assumed re- 

Sometimes it is true, a new 
manager will change things so it will 
be very noticeable. Did you ever 
stop to think that even though the 
new manager wanted to change 
things, he still relies on the em- 
ployees to fulfill his changes and 
make things appear different. If his 
help kept right on doing their work 
just as they always did, there would 
be very little visible change. 

This brings to our attention that 
when we receive Christ as our Lord 
and Saviour we are "Under New 


Like some stores, there is very 
little noticeable change in some 
Christian lives. They still do just 
like they always have. There literal- 
ly is no cleaning up and dumping 
out the garbage. They still hang on 
to some of their old habits; their 
hearts are full of strife, jealousy, 
outbursts of anger, disputes, dissen- 
sions, envyings, and so on (see Gal. 
5:19-21). "Therefore, if any man 
[woman] be in Christ, he is a new 
creature: old things are passed 
away; behold, all things are become 
new (II Cor. 5:17). There should be 
a drastic change in a person's life 
when a new manager moves in. As 
we read in Romans, chapter 6 
(NASB), we see further need for a 
visible change. "Even so consider 
yourselves to be dead to sin, but 
alive to God in Christ Jesus" (v. 
11). "Therefore do not let sin reign 

in your mortal body that you 
should obey its lusts (v. 12). "I am 
speaking in human terms because of 
the weakness of your flesh" (v. 19). 

Are you under new manage- 
ment? If so, has there been a visible 
change? Under new management, 
with full surrender, this should be 
the result, "But the fruit of the 
Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, 
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
gentleness, self-control; against such 
things there is no law" (Gal. 
5:22-23 NASB). 

As we try this year to find the 
"Hidden Beauty" in our lives, we 
will need to realize we are "Under 
New Management." Is our new 
Manager, the Lord, in control of 
our innermost thoughts and re- 
sources or just in charge of surface 
—Submitted from Jackson, Michigan 

Uncle Sam Cannot Tax These Possessions: 

Everlasting life— John 3:16 

Mansion in heaven— John 4:2 

ce that passes understanding— Philippians 4:7 

Joy unspeakable— I Peter 1 :8 

Divine love that never fails— I Corinthians 13:8 

A faithful spouse— Proverbs 31 : 1 

Healthy, happy, obedient children-Exodus 20:2 

True, loyal friends— Proverbs 18:24 

A crown of life— James 1:12 
These possessions produce permanent profit! 



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BMH Newest News 


Community Grace Brethren of Whittier, Calif., are 
alive and alert and accomplishing great things for 
the Lord. There have been 90 decisions in the 
services since Jan. 1, and a record attendance was 
set recently with 615 in Sunday School including 55 
enrolled in a new converts class. 

You won't want to miss hearing Dr. Lehman Strauss, 
who will be one of the speakers at the national con- 
ference in August at Winona Lake. Many other treats 
will be waiting for you (Aug. 12-19). 

Austin, Tex. (EP) — Every Boy Scout must profess be- 
lief in God, and atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair thinks 
that qualification should be enough to disqualify 
President Jimmy Carter from assuming the honorary 
presidency of the organization. 

Seven Ohio churches (Middlebranch, Akron, Minerva, Wooster, Rittman, Canton, and 
Homerville) cooperated in sponsoring a Bible Conference, Mar. 13-18, using faculty 
members of Grace Seminary as the speakers. 

La Habra, Calif. (EP) — Members of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association 
have donated more than 53,000 religious books and Bibles to federal prison li- 
braries, according to ECPA Executive Director Donald C. Brandenburgh. The project 
was coordinated through the Washington, D.C., office of the Chief of Chaplains of 
the United States Bureau of Prisons. At least 28 federal correctional institutions 
in various parts of the nation, received the free literature. 

The Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington has ordered a new Allen organ whicl 
will be installed before Easter. 

For the spring quarter 71 Brethren Sunday Schools took advantage of the cash-with- 
order offer, and their savings in postage amounted to hundreds of dollars. Next tim 
you order Sunday School supplies, send your check with the order and the Herald 
Co. will pay the postage. 

The Ghent Grace Brethren Church of Roanoke, Va. , was host to Rev. and Mrs. John 
Becker in a series of special meetings which resulted in 14 public decisions. The 
preaching of God's Word, special music, and the puppet shows all brought blessings 
to the congregation. 

London (EP) — More than 40,000 Bibles and New Testaments are to be sent by Britain's 
Bible Society to Uganda, in East Africa, for the centenary celebrations in June of 
the Anglican Church of Uganda. 

Would you believe it? A food shower given to the Robert Poiriers by the First 
Brethren of Dayton, Ohio, brought with it 75 lbs. of sugar. The Minister of Out- 
reach Ministries, Robert, wonders if the congregation is trying to sweeten up the 
Poiriers or, or, or! 



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Reflections By Still Waters 

Sir, this is not my work, 
this is my life." 

Charles W. Turner 

Trips to Israel have become rather 
commonplace during the past ten 
years and hundreds of thousands of 
tourists have moved through the place 
known as the Holy Land. I had made 
three trips during the past decade; 
nevertheless, when I received an invita- 
tion several years ago to again visit the 
land I was intrigued. The main reason 
was because the invitation came from 
the American Zionist Federation of 
New York. They were inviting mem- 
bers of the religious news media to be 
their guests. My schedule would not 
permit such an opportunity. Again a 
year later the same invitation came 
and still no schedule opening. The 
third time was the charm. Time was 
right— the schedule said yes— and the 
offer was just too good to pass up. The 
Federation seemed to be offering 
something beyond the normal Holy 
Land trip. 

Thirty-nine members of the seminar 
met in New York on Sunday evening, 
February 13, to take Alitalia Flight 
No. 746. It was indeed an inter-faith 
religious group from divergent back- 
grounds. Members of the religious 
media were present, and our tour host 
was Rabbi Jack Riemer of Dayton, 
Ohio. The weekend had been very 
busy for me with banquets and serv- 
ices at the Philadelphia First and Lan- 
caster churches; therefore, I was glad 
to board the plane and relax. 

As I settled back for the night to 
catch a couple of winks of sleep little 
did I realize the excitement that was 
to be mine for the next ten days. Time 
was to be filled with the sight of stim- 
ulating, new faces and the circulation 
of many philosophies, i was to be chal- 
lenged with concepts and ideas; to 
hear of the fears and hopes of people; 
to understand in a small way the ever- 

New construction at Kibbutz Lavi in Galilee 

present agonies of past history; and to 
lie awake some nights pondering the 
momentous time in history in which 
we live. 

The past trips had taken me to my 
Bible-oriented past; now I was to meet 
people who knew some facts regarding 
the past, but their concern for the 
present was on Israel the nation— its 
now and its future. Its problems of 
survival economically and militarily 
were uppermost in mind. I was to 
meet immigrants who had just come to 
this new land; to interview members of 
the parliament— the Knesset; to listen 
to the Arab mayor of Bethlehem; to 
visit military installations; to tour 
several kibbutzim. The resource people 
placed before us by the External Re- 
lations Department and the American 
Section Organization and Information 
Department of the World Zionist 
Organization presented a rare privilege. 
A new dimension was to be added to 
my life, and I want to share some 

thoughts and reflections with you now 
and in the next several issues of the 
Herald. I will attempt to give infor- 
mation presented to us and also to give 
some of my reactions to these events. I 
will try to avoid a travelogue but let 
you, if you will, feel with me some of 
the emotional happenings of the trip. 
To feel the dignity of the Knesset; the 
emotions of a Sheila who reflected on 
her years of dedication to the nation 
in a kibbutz; the awe present on the 
Mount of Olives on a late evening as 
50,000 or more people buried an aged 
Rabbi; the feeling of hesitation one 
had to stand in Bunker 109 and over- 
look from the Golan Heights the coun- 
try of Syria; or to be at the Good 
Fence on the border of Lebanon in a 
military installation where just hours 
before the injured and dead from the 
war had been cleared. The bloody 
stretcher stood as a reminder that war 
and death were not only near but they 
had just paid a visit The trip to Beth- 


lehem was not to the tourist shop or 
even the Church of the Nativity-it 
was the Arab mayor who pled his case 
for understanding and a place for his 

What stands out in the mind several 
weeks after the tour is over and one 
has settled safely in his home? I think 
it had to be people this time in con- 
trast to the previous trips when I had 
brought home memories of places. The 
Zionists, who associate their people, 
the Jews, with the land, had served 
their purpose well in all the planning. 
The Zionist movement goes back to 
before the turn of the century when 
there was a great desire to have a 
homeland for their people— for those 
Jews who had been dispersed so long. 
Though time will not permit in this 
series to tell the entire story; it was 
under the leadership of Herzl that the 
movement gained momentum; land 
was purchased— poor land— but land 
within the proper boundaries. It was 
not until 1948 that the full hope of 
the dream became reality and Israel 
became a nation once more. Three 
wars later the nation remains intact, 

trate it for you. The story of Entebbe, 
where a mission next to impossible 
took place. A hijacked plane landed at 
Uganda in Africa, the Jews aboard 
were hostages. A bold decision was 
made in Israel; do not yield to the de- 
mands of the terrorists— restore by a 
bold imaginative plan, our people, the 
Jews. On July 4, 1976, it happened! 
One of the persons in Israel gave us a 
little personal insight into the story. 
As the Jews were being held in the 
African country, one was asked: "Do 
you think your people from Israel will 
come and save you?" The reply of the 
captive Jew was, "Who else?" In this 
person's mind there were no others 
who would even dare help. Yes, the 
world would debate the rights and the 
wrongs of the case and wring their 
hands in despair at the injustice of it 
all. But if there was real help, it would 
come from his brothers in Israel and it 
did. It happened in one of the most 
spectacular military movements in 
many a year. But the faith of this Jew 
placed in faith in his friends tells a 
great deal about the spirit of these 

Arab mayor of Bethlehem at Media 
Briefing, Febru ary 22, 1977. 

surrounded on every side except the 
west, with Arabic nations that have 
threatened the Israeli existence. 

But there is a spirit of dedication 
and singie-mindedness among these 
people that is indeed rare. A spirit that 
will not yield to the pressures and 
problems and that will see this task 
through to completion. Let me illus- 

This spirit I found one evening at 
Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee area. We 
had dinner at the guesthouse and 
found that in the evening a telecast 
from Holland would carry a basketball 
game between Israelis and Russians. 
The lounge was filled, and a spirit of 
hope filled the room. The Russians 
had refused to come to Israel for pre- 
game planning and had forfeited a 
game to avoid it. On the neutral 
grounds of Holland the game took 
place. I soon found myself caught up 
in the exciting closeness of the con- 
test The third quarter seemed to be 
about equal and then slowly the Israeli 
team began to move ahead and hope 
became reality as the last shot made 
the score 81-69— Israel the winner. I 
found myself jumping and shouting 

with the wild feeling of victory. He- 
brew words were flying all around me 
which I did not understand but I re- 
member shouting, "We Won— We 
Won." A feeling of identity with these 
people became evident. I had never 
met them before nor would we prob- 
ably ever meet again. The spirit of the 
people and the land had caught me up 
in a challenge of— "We can do it." A 
positive hope in the midst of prob- 
lemSo The next day the victorious team 
came home, and they walked down 
the same red carpet which had been 
used by American Secretary of State 
Vance the day before. Hailed as the 
greatest victory in Israeli sports his- 
tory . . . they had done it again. They 
had won when the odds were impos- 
sible. Whether it is Entebbe or a bas- 
ketball court or even a kibbutz, the 
same spirit seems to dominate. 

The Jews in Israel have come from 
all over the world;. however, their flow 
back to the land has slackened in re- 
cent years. The largest numbers recent- 
ly have been from Russia. One of the 
"memory days" in my mind happened 
south of Tel Aviv at the Ramat Josef 
Absorption Center where incoming 
Jews go to spend the first months after 
immigrating to Israel. About 20,000 
immigrants a year are coming in at the 
present time. They find their homes in 
Israel in the absorption centers that 
are spread throughout the country. 
Learning Hebrew is the most impor- 
tant new task they face, and of course 
this is much easier for the young ones. 
Most new immigrants will spend about 
six months at the center in preparation 
for the new life before them. 

At this center we met Russian Jews 
as well as Jews from Argentina and 
eastern European areas. One interest- 
ing couple, though not residents of the 
absorption center, were new immi- 
grants to Israel. They were from 
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and the Phila- 
delphia area. The Martin Kaplans for- 
merly owned retail outlets and had 
sold their business to immigrate to 
Israel. Mr. Kaplan, 59, is not the aver- 
age immigrant, his presence at the 
Ramat Josef Absorption Center was 
not as a resident but rather to take his 
Hebrew lessons. The Kaplans had pur- 
chased a condominium by the Mediter- 
ranean Sea and they were awaiting its 
completion. There are a number of 

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APRIL 15, 1977 


An Addition to the Family. ... 5 

"Blue Chip" Opportunity 6 

On the Boardwalk 9 

Ordination, No Ordinary Day. . 11 

BMH News Summary 13 

Bellf lower Dedication 16 

Grace News Notes 17 

Grace Trustees Meet 18 

Grace School of Missions 22 

Grace Brethren Men 23 

BMH Newest News 24 




Cover Photo: "The grass withers, and the 
flower falls off, but the Word of the Lord 
abides forever" (I Peter 1:24 NASB). 

Gardeners see their products, grass and 
flowers, prosper then wither away with the 
change of seasons. But Grace Schools rejoices in 
the multitude of former students spanning the 
globe in whose lives the Word of God— planted, 
nurtured and watered through the years of for- 
mal education— is continually bearing eternal 
fruit. (Photo by Terry White) 

in the 


Volume 39, Number 8, April 1 5, 1977 

Published bimonthly by 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Printed by BMH Printing 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

35 Years Ago. . . 1942 

A new bus has been secured for 
the Clayhole, Kentucky, work. It 
comes through the generosity of 
the National Sisterhood and Mr. 
and Mrs. Irvin W. Masters of Glen- 
dale, California . . . Five students re- 
ceive the Bachelor of Divinity De- 
gree from Grace Seminary— Eugene 
Allen, Garner Hoyt, William Kerr, 
Curtis Morrill, and Earl Umbaugh. 
Four will receive the Diploma in The- 
ology—Robert Culver, Robert Hill, Flo 
Mellick and Glenn F. O'Neal. 

15 Years Ago. . . 1962 

Dedication Day was held at the Gay 
Street Grace Brethren Church, Hagers 
town, Maryland. Rev. William Howard, 
pastor welcomes 337 members and friends 
to the service . . . Roy Dice was ordained to 
the Christian ministry at Cedar Rapids, 
Iowa . . . James Dixon accepted the call of 
the newly organized Grace Brethren Church 
of Greater Washington. 

5 Years Ago ... 1972 

Michael Alexander is the new financial secre- 
tary of the Foreign Missionary Society . . . Rev 
Gerald Teeter will be the new pastor of the First 
Brethren Church at Akron, Ohio . . . Dr. Robert 
Collitt announces a new record attendance at 
Hagerstown (Md.) Grace Sunday School attendance 
was 1,318. 

□ You may know that the Bible 
Center missionaries take a Sunday 
evening offering and use it for spe- 
cial projects— mainly in the home- 
land. Since we have a special inter- 
est in publishing, we'd like this 
$100 used for the new printing 
press. We are also deeply apprecia- 
tive of receiving airmail copies of 
the Herald and study guide books 
received periodically by your kind- 
ness. May God bless your endeavors 
for Him there as it reaches many 
parts of this needy work. Thank 
you for what you are doing. We are 
praying for you. Love in Him, The 
Bible Center Staff, Bozoum, Em 
pire, Centraficain. 

Don and Lois Miller 
Terry and Bonnie Shultzman 
Marie Mishler 
Sharon Haag 
Lois Wilson 
i/lartin and Bev Garber 
George and Jane Peters 
Rosella Cochran. 


Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman 

Editorial Secretary 

Fern L. Sandy 

Dear Friends, 

Thank you so much for your kind 
letter and gift. The gift will be used 
to help pay for the new press. The 
gift from you means far more than 
the dollars involved, it is an expres- 
sion of your gracious interest and 
love, and that means more than 
money. The list of names brings 
back a flood of memories of some 
very wonderful people we have 
known through the years. Thanks— 

Subscription Secretary: Diane Constantine 
IBM Composer: Omega Sandy 
Design & Layout Artist: Timothy Kennedy 

Departmental Editors: Christian Educa- 
tion: James Long. Foreign Missions: 
Rev. John Zielasko, Marcia Wardell. 
Grace Schools: Dr. Homer A. Kent, 
Jr., Terry White. Home Missions: Dr. 
Lester Pifer. WMC: Linda Hoke 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at 
Winona Lake, Ind. Issued on 
the first and fifteenth of each 
month by the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co., Box 544, 1104 
Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. Subscription 
prices: $4.75 a year; foreign, 
$5.50. Special rates to 

An Addition to the Family 

Mr. Edward R. Cole became the as- 
sistant financial secretary of the Breth- 
ren Investment Foundation February 
15, 1977, on a part-time arrangement. 
He will also assist The Brethren Home 
Missions Council in the area of pro- 

Mr. Cole is a Grace College graduate 
and has been employed by Falls Sav- 
ings & Loan of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 
since June of 1970. He was advanced 
to branch manager in September 1970 
and his branch became the fastest 
growing one of the institution. He held 
officer status as assistant secretary 
since 1971. 

In Mr. Cole's own words he wrote: 
"I have been drawn to a period in my 
life, where I feel that the Lord has 
more in store for me in the way of 
service for Him. I definitely feel that 
the Lord directed our move back to 
Ohio for these past six years, and that 
He has used this time to shape my life. 
Now, however, I feel that the Lord is 
prodding me to leave the 'safe' finan- 
cial security of my present job, to 
more fully involve me in direct efforts 
to His glory and use." 

It is indeed of the Lord that a 

Mr. Ed Cole 

young man of these qualifications 
could be secured to assist in the Breth- 
ren Investment Foundation— the 
Brethren "savings and loan" program 
for financing Home Mission churches. 
Ed is also talented in the area of pro- 
motion and photography. While in 
Grace College he was employed by the 
Foreign Missionary Society in the area 
of audiovisual work. He served as 
photographer for the Akron Area Sav- 
ings and Loan Institute for three years 
and was chosen for radio spot ads over 
the community broadcasts. It will be 
in these areas the BHMC will make use 
of Ed's talents. 

The most important qualification 
for a position of this kind is in the area 
of Christian testimony. Ed became 
active in the church in his youth and 
was a member of the winning quiz 
team of 1965 nationally and visited 
the Puerto Rico field as a reward. In 
1966 he served on a camp counseling 
team serving many camps in our Fel- 
lowship. The same year he served as 
Akron area YFC camp counselor spon- 
sored for boys from the Akron Juven- 
ile Detention Center. He was also 
active in the Campus Crusade for 
Christ program while attending Grace 
College. Ed has served in the Grace 
Brethren Church (Cuyahoga Falls) as 
Sunday School superintendent, Sun- 
day School teacher, assistant treasurer, 
on the auditing and nominating com- 
mittees and as Bible quiz coach. 

Ed was married in 1968 and his 
wife, Deena, is a Grace College grad- 
uate with a degree in Elementary Edu- 
cation. She taught in the Cuyahoga 
Falls Christian school. The Coles have 
one son, Jeffrey, age 4, and are now 
residing in Winona Lake, Indiana. 

APRIL 15. 1977 

"Blue Chip" Opportunity I 

Paying Dividends 

fiemember January 1974? It was the date of a 
Minute-Man letter to help "buy up" a "Blue Chip" 
opportunity in Anderson, South Carolina. Now just 
three years later a new Grace Brethren Church was 
dedicated on February 18 and 20. Yes, that is right, 
there were two dedications— one for the district 
Brethren on Friday evening and another Sunday 
afternoon for the community. Dual dedication was 
not the only unique feature of the festivities. It was 
the first Grace Brethren Church dedicated in the state 
of South Carolina. 

From the "Welcome" by Pastor Marion Thomas 
on Friday evening to the "Amen" on Sunday after- 
noon, the atmosphere over Anderson was saturated 
with a "sweet, sweet spirit." It was a spirit of victory 
after three years of toil, sweat and tears. It was a 
spirit of expectancy with beautiful facilities to help 
do a good job for the Lord. 

Brethren Home Missions representatives were on 
hand to share in the special weekend services. Dr. L. 
E. Pifer, executive secretary; Rev. Ralph C. Hall, 
architect-engineer; Rev. William Byers, southern 
representative; and Mr. Joe Taylor, BHMC director 
and building coordinator, each had part in the dedi- 

The Southeast District Mission Board met in 
Anderson on Friday afternoon, February 18. The 
ministers present remained over for the evening and 
participated in the Friday evening dedication service. 
Rev. Lester Kennedy, chairman of the mission board, 
led in the dedication service and each pastor had a 
part in Scripture and testimony. 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer was the speaker for the Sunday 
morning worship service and for the dedication serv- 
ice at 3 p.m. Rev. William Byers' contribution was his 
song leading and special music. Rev. Ralph C. Hall 
represented all the departments of Brethren Home 
Missions and was on hand to inspect the final, fin- 
ished product of his department which drew the 
building plans. Two lovely Azaleas reminded the con- 
gregation of the part Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion had in financing the building. 

Anderson is located just off Highway 1-85 near the 
Georgia border and near beautiful Lake Hartwell with 
a thousand mile shoreline. Interest in Anderson began 
when the Jack Broyles family was transferred there, 
and it was in their home the first Bible class was held. 
The Southeast District Mission Board was the sponsor 
of this class and continues with its support toward 
the church. 

Rev. Marion Thomas accepted the call to become 
the first pastor of the group in late 1973. Under his 
leadership the Bible class moved to the Centerville 
School and into a full schedule of services. The school 
meeting place, like most temporary things, could not 
be counted on, and the search for property was soon 
underway. Through a series of circumstances a church 
site became available, and this called for the Brethren 
Architectural Service to assist in the best develop- 
ment of the property. 

A building committee was elected with Mr. Jack 
Broyles, chairman, Mr. Rick Wilson, Mr. Early Reed, 
Mrs. Bruce Byers, Pastor Marion Thomas, Mrs. Joseph 
Templeton, and Mrs. Jack Broyles. This committee 
working with Rev. Ralph C. Hall of Brethren Archi- 
tectural Service functioned well, and the beautiful 
building dedicated is due to their efforts and the 
supervision of Mr. Joe Taylor, retired architect and 
BHMC director. 

With Mr. Taylor on the job, the building moved 
through the construction period smoothly and even 
more rapidly than the usual church-building program. 
I guess we could say it was a "Taylor-Made" building, 
and certainly it was tailored to the church's immedi- 


ate needs. The building was being used in just a little 
over six months from the ground breaking on June 13 
to the time the Becker Evangelistic Team held a meet- 
ing in it, December 12 through 19. 

The building of the Anderson church was a first 
for Mr. Joe Taylor. Joe, a retired architect from Fort 
Lauderdale, Florida, had just been appointed to the 
Board of Directors of The Brethren Home Missions 
(Continued on page 8) 

(Left to right): Keith Zook, Dayton 
Cundiff, Steve Taylor, Lester Ken- 
nedy, Dean Fetterhoff, Fred Devan, 
Dan White, Dan Eshelman, Ron 
Thompson, Don Farner Sr., Carlton 
Fuller and Marion Thomas. 

APRIL 15, 1977 

(Continued from page 7) 

Council and accepted the challenge to supervise the 
Anderson building program. Joe and his wife, Kay, 
moved to Anderson and both worked along with the 
contractor and pastor during the entire construction 
period. Mrs. Taylor cared for the payment of bills and 
was the "vice president" in charge of cleanup during 

We usually think of dividends as a return on an 
investment. The dedication of the first Grace Breth- 
ren Church in South Carolina represents dividends for 
a great host of people. Just to mention some are 
those Brethren Minute-Men who responded, the 
donors over our Fellowship who supported Brethren 
Home Missions, the Brethren who invested some 
money in the Brethren Investment Foundation, the 
Southeast District who supported their district mis- 
sion program, the people who prayed for a church in 
Anderson, the Broyles family who provided a meeting 
place in the initial stages, a building superintendent 
and wife who invested six months of their time and 
talents, and a pastor who invested a part of himself in 
ministering to the Anderson folk. We can depend on a 
faithful God to add some dividends to everyone who 
had any part in the development of this testimony for 
His glory. Every investment in the Lord's work is a 
"Blue Chip" investment, but the dividends may not 
come back in the form of a check— but souls are 
better anyway.— FJP 

Signs of Vacation 


Rough Road Ahea 
without a Reservi 


Joe Taylor 

©n the 

The Drawing Board 

I knew I wasn't going to follow in 
my carpenter father's footsteps, but I 
had a strong desire to draw things. I 
decided that the drawing board was to 
be my future. Dad tried to discourage 
me with logic and when that failed he 
showed me examples of men who 
spent a lifetime as draftsmen. Many 
were all bent over, many wore thick 
glasses and had sallow complexions. 
All had flat elbows and shiny trousers 
from constant contact with the board 
and stool. 

Undaunted I went on to spend 37 
years on boards ranging from 18 
inches wide to 16 feet wide. I designed 
barns, homes, ships, machinery, oil re- 
fineries, commercial and apartment 
buildings and many churches, several 
being Brethren. 

The Church Board 

In 1955 Kay and I and our two 
sons, Bob and Rick, moved from New 
Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 
where I joined Herman Hostettler in a 
design business. We were later joined 
by Architect Arthur Rude, and in that 
order the three partners and their 
families were saved. Grace Brethren 
was the first Home Mission church in 
the state of Florida. In the 18 years 
since my conversion, I have served on 
many church boards such as: Christian 
education, planning, deacon and the 
official board. Outside the activities in 
the local church, time has been spent 
on boards of the Boy Scouts, migrant 
missions, district missions, and Chris- 
tian Business Men .... Bored yet? 

The Corporate Board 

The Lord used these various 
boards to prepare me for my 
walk to the next board. My in- 
terest in Home Missions must 
have caught someone's atten- 
tion. I was considered for nomi- 
nation to the Brethren Home 
Missions Council board two 
years ago, but because of the 
press of business I had to say no. 
As I replaced the phone I really 
felt bad because I had failed to 
go through an "Open Door," 
and I was sure I had missed a 
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

In 1976 the Lord directed the 
sale of my share of the business 
to some friends. We had heard 
that the Orlando church could 
use some workers, so we drove 
our motor home there, parked 
on their parking lot, and pro- 
ceeded to help the builder with 
some of the finish work. During 
this time a call came asking me 
to consider filling a vacancy on 
the Home Mission board. I was 
delighted to think I would get a 
second chance. 

(Continued on page 10) 

APRIL 15, 1977 

(Continued from page 9) 

The first Council board meeting 
that I attended was held in California 
prior to national conference. After 
only one meeting I was impressed by 
the knowledge some of the men have 
of each church, its pastor and the con- 
gregation, and the prayer, thought and 
discussion that go before each deci- 
sion. After attending other sessions 
and becoming more aware of the situ- 
ation at each mission point, I expect 
to become qualified to help in these 

God not only called us . . . 

but enabled us to do a better job 

than we believed that we were capable of doing. 

The Mortar Board 

Through the many years in the 
Brethren Church, our family has al- 
ways been involved in work days, 
paint parties, additions, and renova- 
tions at our local church. All of this 
action was another step in preparation 
for further service. 

Later on I received a letter asking if 
I would be interested in helping a 
small congregation to get a building 
started. We had told the Lord we were 
willing to be used wherever He wanted 
us, so we arrived in Anderson, South 
Carolina, in time for the ground break- 
ing. We spent six months with Pastor 
Marion Thomas, and during this time 
we got the local subcontractors to 
work together in harmony to produce 
a beautiful, small church on schedule 
and within the budget. 

Building the church in Anderson 
was a new adventure. When it was not 
possible to build as owner-builder in 
South Carolina, we contacted many 
properly licensed contractors before 
we decided upon Mr. Brown of Charlie 
Brown Construction Company. 

From the day ground was broken 
until occupancy, the Lord sent the 

right people at the right time to see 
the project completed. The low bid on 
the electrical work and air condition- 
ing was given to a contractor living 
within a five-minute walk of the 
church. (This should assure good emer- 
gency service.) The plumbing con- 
tractor was a transplanted Floridian 
who attended the North Lauderdale 
Brethren Church. 

Everyone who worked or provided 
materials for the building was pleased 
with the promptness of payment of 
bills. This was made possible because 
of the Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion financing making funds available 
when needed. 

Kay and I are particularly pleased 
that God not only called us to the 
Anderson project but enabled us to do 
a better job than we believed we were 
capable of doing. He supplied our 
needs in fantastic ways and gave us 
physical strength adequate for the 

The year of 1976 was exciting and 
it could be the beginning of a new 
style of life for the Taylors who are 
ready, willing and able to go where the 
Lord directs (Prov. 16:9). 



Pastor Ken Curtis 

No Ordinary Day 

And what a wonderful day it was! 
My daughters Michelle (6) and Natalie 
Jo (4) looked beautiful in their new 
long dresses, their mother had labored 
all night to finish, as they sang "This Is 
the Day That the Lord Has Made." 
Robbie (15 months) made his own 
music when taken to the nursery. Pas- 
tor Thomas Inman of Colorado 
Springs gave me some new insights 
into I Peter 5:1-4 in his message, "The 
Undershepherd, an Example to the 
Flock." Rev. Robert Thompson of 
Brethren Home Missions took charge 
of administering the questions and 
vows, and charge to the Christian Min- 
istry. Waldo Crowder, a deacon of the 
church, read the church's authoriza- 
tion for my ordination. Pastor Russell 
Konves of the Northwest Phoenix 
Church read I Timothy 3:1-7. Pastor 
John Gillis of Simi Valley, California, 
led the singing and sang a solo "Follow 
Me." Rev. J. C. "Bill" McKillen (for- 
mer pastor of the church) gave the 
prayer of ordination as these elders 
participated in the Scripture's admoni- 
tion of laying on of hands. 

Then to top off the morning, Ed 

APRIL 15. 1977 

Kluth, another of our deacons, pre- 
sented my family and me with a beau- 
tiful white "Tumbleweed Money 
Tree" decorated with red hearts as 
symbolic of the church's love. A lovely 
fellowship dinner prepared by our 
WMC ladies gave each person oppor- 
tunity to rejoice together on the won- 
derful day God had given us. 

What inspires a pastor to seek ordi- 
nation to the Christian Ministry? In 
the wee hours of the morning of Feb- 
ruary 6, I asked myself this question, 
and to my surprise, my first answer 
was "I don't know." I was to be or- 
dained that same morning and this 
answer troubled me. I looked to the 
Lord for an answer and He very gra- 
ciously gave it to me. I would like to 
share that answer with you. 

When I asked God to prove to me 
that I should be ordained, I began to 
think over the highlight events of my 
Christian experience. I remembered 
my mother and dad (A.M. and Paralee 
Curtis) who faithfully took me to the 
Grace Brethren Church of Johnson 
City, Tennessee, where faithful men 
and women of God taught me of 
Jesus. One of the laymen paid my way 
to Camp Grace where I found Jesus as 
my Saviour and Lord and peace for 
my soul in Him. I was later baptized 
by Trine Immersion along with three 
of my brothers (two are now with the 

In my growing-up years Pastors 
Dean Risser, Charles Martin, and K. E. 
Richardson of my home church were 
greatly used of God in my spiritual 
growth. Under Pastor Martin, director 
of Grace Bible Camp, I was given the 
position of sports director and cabin 
counselor one summer. As God 
planned it, I had "Charlie," the worst 
camper of the week, in my cabin. But 
God gave me a love for this boy, and 
on the last day of camp as I talked 
with Charlie he accepted the Lord as 
Saviour. That night God showed me 
that what He used me to do for 
Charlie, He wanted me to do for 
others. Incidentally, the next year 
Charlie received the "Best Camper of 
the Week Award." That confirmed for 
me my calling, and I was at peace with 

Life seemed to whiz by with high 
school graduation, Grace College, mar- 
riage, teaching and coaching at Ken- 
dallville, Indiana, Grace Sejninary, 
licensure, and a call by the Silverbell 
Grace Brethren Church of Tucson, 
Arizona, as Pastor-teacher in July of 
1970. With all these events was the ac- 

companiment of God's peace. 

I have enjoyed six wonderful years 
of ministry here at Silverbell Grace 
Brethren among some of God's 
choicest saints. About two years ago 
there was an area of my life in which I 
didn't have real peace. I knew a man 
should prove himself not to be a 
novice before seeking ordination, but I 
had now been doing that for four 
years. I began to make excuses as to 
why I didn't need to be ordained. 
Finally I realized that since ordination 
is Biblical and I hadn't been obedient, 
that I must be ordained in obedience 
to God's Word (though there be no 
direct command— it is a matter of per- 
sonal conviction) in order to know 
God's peace. 

Yes, it is wonderful to have that 
feeling of peace with God again. But it 
took obedience to the Scriptures to 
bring it. If you don't have God's peace 
in your life, perhaps there is something 
in the Scriptures God wants you to do 
before that "peace of God which 
passeth all understanding" can be 
yours. There was for me, and now I 
am ordained and at peace with God. 


News Summary 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association ^S* 

'Annual changes: Albert Balzer, 1541 Northwood, Apt. 
274 I, Seal Beach, Calif. 90740 (Please change Annual, 
page 32) . . . The name of the Brethren Church at Union- 
town, Pa., has been officially changed to Grace Brethren 

•The following is a quote from John Schumacher, CH 
(MAJ), USA, Brigade Chaplain. "I am in a new assign- 
ment now. Things change so often, but I finally wound 
up as the First Brigade Staff Chaplain for the division. 
We are a lightly equipped, easily deployable force. ... I 
have three other chaplains and five chaplain assistants 
for whom I am responsible. I was given the division 
chapel service for Sundays. It is quite poorly attended, 
but we have seen some signs of growth. . . ." 

■ Rev. John Hartman has tendered his resignation as pas- 
tor of the Grace Brethren Church, Winona, Minn., and 
he and his family are temporarily living at 57640 Wood- 
row, Elkhart, Ind. 46514, while waiting on the Lord's 
leading for further service. 

•A new 15-passenger van was recently purchased by the 
First Brethren Church of Johnstown, Pa. It will be used 
to transport people to Sunday services, prayer meetings, 
and youth activities. 

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in the Brethren Adult Sunday School Series 

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Romans (Ironside), $4.00 

Romans (Newell), $6.95 

Romans, The Freedom Letter (Johnson), paper- 
back, Vols. 1 and 2, $1.95 each 

Romans, The Gospel of God's Grace (McClain), 

Epistle to the Romans Outlined and Summarized 
(McClain), paperback, $1.00 
I, II, III JOHN (September, October, November 1977) 

The Fellowship (King), paperback, $1.95 

The Epistles of John (Burdick), paperback, $1.50 

Addresses on the Epistles of John and Jude (Iron- 
side), $4.75 

The Epistles of John (Strauss), paperback, $2.25 

Send to: Brethren Missionary Herald Co., P.O. Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Please enclose your 
check or money order and we pay all postage and 
handling costs. 

Jim Miller (left) presents Pastor and Mrs. Brickel with 
a plaque commemorating the occasion. 

" On Feb. 20 Pastor Clair Brickel of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Brookville, Ohio, was honored on the occasion 
of his 25th anniversary in the ministry and his birthday. 
Members and friends of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Brookville, Ohio, surprised Pastor and Mrs. Brickel with 
a carry-in dinner and a special afternoon service. 

Rev. Forrest Jackson, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio, was the speaker for the after- 
noon service. At the close, Pastor Brickel was presented 
with a jacket that was several sizes too large, but the 
men of the church promptly came forward and stuffed 
the pockets with $350! 

° Chocolate-coated Christians in a tug-of-war! Some 65 
junior-highers from the North Long Beach Brethren 
Church were bused to the Mud Bowl (a converted cow 
pasture), and what fun they had as they played the game 
of tug-of-war in the muddiest mud available. 

APRIL 15, 1977 

go, but the parking area at the church was not adequate 
for the growing congregation. 

Recently Pastor and Mrs. Zane Bull were surprised by 
the Grandview congregation as they were presented a 
special love-gift -a trip to the Holy Land with the Na- 
than Meyer Tour Group. In the picture, Mr. Fred Harris 
is presenting the gift to the pastor and his wife. 



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A six-month's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Her - 
ald is given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

Doreen Freeman and Edgar Lower, Jr., Feb. 5, First 

Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Belinda Markel and Scott Baer, Mar. 5, Ashland, Ohio 

(Southview Grace Brethren Church). 

Joanne DePray and Richard McCann, Mar. 19, First 

Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

In Memory. 

Notices in this coll 

'it ing by the pastor 

DONALDSON, Ralph, 41, Dec. 3, 1976, Everett Grace 
Brethren Church, Everett, Pa. Homer Lingenfelter, pas- 

DUNKLE, Blanche, Feb. 12, a member of the First 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. Charles Martin, pastor. 

■ The congregation of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Grandview, Wash., voted to pull out the trees, level and 
pave the area west of the church for a parking lot. It was 
with regret that the lovely trees and green lawn had to 


Sterling, Ohio, Apr. 24-29; Bernard Simmons, pastor; 
Becker Team. 

Washington, Pa., May 1-7; Shimer Darr, pastor; Richard 
Sellers, speaker. 

"Sir, this is not my work, this is my life.' 

(Continued from page 3) 
American immigrants, but not a large 
proportion, in the land. Some have 
come to Israel and then returned to 
the States after a period of time. 

One of the very interesting Ameri- 
can immigrants was Helen Frenkley. 
Thirty-four years of age and a graduate 
of the University of Maryland she is 
working on a project called Neot 
Kedumin— The Gardens of Israel. Hun- 
dreds of acres of land have been ac- 
quired not too far from the Ben 
Gurion Airport with the purpose of il- 
lustrating Biblical flora and fauna, to 
restore the separate areas of the hill 
land to what it must have been like in 
ancient Biblical times. Some of the 
work is complete, but there is still a 
long way to go. Six years have been 
spent in the planning and preparation 
stages, and it is believed to be five 
years at least before completion of the 
project. Bible accounts will take on 
new life and meaning for the tourist 

when this project is complete. Many of 
the Bible stories will unfold because 
their truth is contained in the relating 
of stories of vines and different types 
of trees that will be identified in this 
area. In the Old Testament character- 
istics of a plant or tree are used to 
describe the character of certain indi- 

Helen is a hard-working immigrant 
and now a citizen of the state of Israel. 
Her dedicated work lasts hours each 
day there in the old lands and hills of 
the Maccabees. When asked if she liked 
her work, which was an odd question 
after visiting with her for several 
hours, she, with noticeable intentness, 
came back with an answer. Her eyes 
flashed as she said: "Sir, this is not my 
work, this is my life." This is the spirit 
among the people of Israel today. It is 
not work, it has become their life and 
their very survival to do what must be 

My contact with another American 
immigrant was at an Israel Media Brief- 
ing. His name was Mark Lavi, of the 
Israeli Broadcasting Authority, intro- 
duced as a former correspondent from 
an American Midwestern newspaper. 
The name fit the description of a 
former writer for the Fort Wayne 
Journal Gazette— which happens to be 
my great need next to my orange juice 
in the morning. Five years ago he had 
left Fort Wayne to go to Israel and as 
the briefing continued I felt I knew 
this man from his writing. After the 
session my doubts were confirmed, 
and we had opportunity to visit and 
exchange stories about good old Indi- 

The Jews have come from all over 
the universe to the crossroads of the 
world, to a certain time in the history 
of mankind. I will share more of my 
reflections with you in the next issue 
of the Herald. 


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Dedicate New 

Worship Center 

Front view of the Bellflower Brethren Church Sanctuary 

"Tears, goosebumps and joy were 
the order of the day" (to quote Pastor 
Edwin Cashman) at the Bellflower 
Brethren Church, Bellflower, Cali- 
fornia, on February 13 as members 
and friends participated in dedication 
day for the new and long-awaited Wor- 
ship Center. 

After several years of double serv- 
ices held in the church Fellowship 
Hall, often under very crowded condi- 
tions, included among the first music 
to be heard in the dedication service 
was the very appropriate sounds of, 
"Let's Just Praise the Lord." 

Speaker for the dedication service 
was Rev. Robert W. Thompson, 
moderator of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. Pastor Edwin 
Cashman, and associate pastors David 
Marksbury and Edmund Leech also 
participated in the service. A special 
plaque was presented to Fred Wetzel 
in appreciation for his leadership of 
the building committees for the pre- 
viously built educational units and the 
present sanctuary. The church Fellow- 
ship Hall has also been renamed Wetzel 

Special guests for the service in- 
cluded Robert F. Leavell, mayor of 
the city of Bellflower; Mark Hanna- 
ford, United States congressman; and 
Rev. Robert Halliwell, president of the 
Bellflower Ministerial Association. 

The present Bellflower Brethren 
Church is the result of several church 
consolidations in the greater Los 
Angeles area— the South Gate Church 
combined with the Compton Church, 
and then later this combination joined 
with the Bellflower congregation. Rev. 
Raymond Thompson, pastor at Bell- 
flower, and Rev. Edwin Cashman, for- 
mer Compton pastor, served as co- 
pastors for a period of time at the Bell- 
flower Brethren. 

Front view of the Bellflower Brethren Church complex, with the 
educational unit on the left. 

Company of Grace: (left to right) front: Dr. Stephen Young, Christi 
3arlow, Carol Ogden and Rich Wroughton. Middle: Dave Griffith, 
3 rof. Stephen Grill, Bruce Barlow and David Rank. Back: David 
3ogue, Sherilyn Smith and Mike Boze. 

"The Company of Grace," a drama team from 
Grace College, presented "Were You There?"— a 
special service for the Easter season— at Brethren 
churches in Bowling Green, Ashland, Union, and 
Worthington, Ohio; Roanoke, Virginia; Anderson and 
Aiken, South Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; and Telford, 
Tennessee. The drama was also presented at the Herit- 
age Christian School in Indianapolis. The tour was 
scheduled during the spring vacation, April 1 through 

The group's presentation under the direction of 
Professor Stephen A. Grill, assistant professor of 
speech at Grace College, involves music selections and 
individual monologues which focus on the crucifixion 
in addition to the central work, "Were You There?" 
The drama investigates the personalities of those indi- 
viduals who were closely involved with the death of 
Jesus and asks members of the audience to consider 
whether they possess some of the very same attitudes 
today that sent Christ to the cross 2,000 years ago. 

Members of the team include Dr. Stephen Young, 
David Griffith, Christi and Bruce Barlow— all from 
Warsaw, Indiana; Sherilyn Smith, Winona Lake, Indi- 
ana; David Rank, Myerstown, Pennsylvania; Carol 
Ogden, Lanham, Maryland; Mike Boze, Berne, Indi- 
ana; Rich Wroughton, Park Forest, Illinois; and David 
Bogue, Dayton, Ohio. All are college students except 
Dr. Young, who is associate professor of speech, 
Grace College; Griffith, a middler in Grace Seminary; 
and Professor Grill. 

Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, who served this past 
year as Chancellor of Grace Schools, was in- 
vested at the recent board meetings with a 
medallion and the title President Emeritus. 
Rev. Donald Carter of the Grace board made 
the presentation at a banquet for Grace trus- 
tees and faculty. At right is Dr. Kenneth Ash- 
man, chairman of the board, and at left is Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., president of Grace 

APRIL 15, 1977 


Trustees Meet, 

Adopt Record Budget 

A record budget, tuition increase, promotions, 
new appointments and employment of a director of 
the nursing program were among the many items on 
the busy agenda of the Grace Schools board during a 
three-day session held recently on campus. 

The trustees adopted a record budget of 
$3,215,000 for the 1977-78 fiscal year. The current 
budget for 1976-77 is $2.8 million. Included in the 
budget is a tuition increase. 

Tuition in the college was set at $60 per hour for 
16 hours or more; $65 per hour for 1-15. Room cost 
will increase from $275 to $300 and board from 
$365 to $400 per semester. Fees were increased from 
$80 to $90. This means an overall increase for the 
student taking 16 hours of $130 per semester. Tui- 
tion in the seminary will be as follows: 12 hours or 
more, $45 per hour and 11 hours or less, $50 per 
hour. The postgraduate rate is $60 per hour. Tuition 
in the seminary this year is $38 per hour for 12 or 
more hours. 

Because of a special grant which will fund the es- 
tablishment of a working relationship with Kosciusko 
Community Hospital in increasing the Grace College 
nursing program, the board voted to employ a direc- 
tor of the nursing program. Dr. Vance A. Yoder, 
academic dean, stated that the director will be hired 
in the near future to begin the necessary exploration 
and groundwork for the enlarged program. This will 
be done during the 1977-78 academic year with the 
program being inaugurated beginning in September 

The trustees announced the following promotions 
in rank and changes in title effective with the 
1977-78 academic year: Dr. Bruce Alcorn, professor 
of education and psychology; Dr. S. Wayne Beaver, 
associate professor of missions and evangelism; Mrs. 
Jean Coverstone, associate professor of art; Arthur 

Davis, assistant professor of art; Donald Fowler, as- 
sistant professor of Greek, Hebrew, and Old Testa- 
ment. Also Dr. Richard Jeffreys, associate professor 
of biochemistry; James Kessler, assistant professor of 
health and physical education; Stanley Myers, asso- 
ciate professor of business and Mrs. Miriam Uphouse, 
associate professor of guidance and counseling. 

The board recognized Dr. Herman A. Hoyt for his 
involvement as a teacher and administrator since the 
founding of the school in 1937. He was named presi- 
dent emeritus of Grace Schools and was also given a 
presidential medallion by the board. Dr. Hoyt served 
as president of Grace from 1962 until his retirement 
in 1976 when he was appointed chancellor. 

Dr. Benjamir. Hamilton and Mrs. Mabel Hamilton 
were each given the title of librarian emeritus. The 
Hamiltons retired as Grace librarians last August after 
many years of service. 

Dr. Charles Smith, professor of theology. New 
Testament and Greek, was appointed director of ad- 
missions for the seminary. He will continue his teach- 
ing responsibilities with a slightly reduced load. He 
replaces Rev. Charles Ashman, who is returning to the 
full-time pastorate at the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church. George J. Zemek, Jr., of R. R. 8, Warsaw, 
was appointed instructor in homiletics in the semi- 
nary. Both appointments were for the 1977-78 school 
year. Beginning the second semester of 1978, D. 
Brent Sandy, of R. R. 3, Hillsborough, North Caro- 
lina, will become an instructor in Greek in the col- 

Dr. Kenneth B. Ashman, chairman of the board, 
presided at the sessions. Participating for the first 
time as trustees were Dr. Robert L. Boze, a medical 
doctor from Berne, Indiana; John Morgan, superin- 
tendent of Worthington (Ohio) Christian Schools; and 
Lowell Miller, clinical chemist at Presbyterian Hos- 
pital, Denver, Colorado. 


Grace Schools' Board of Trustees and Administrators pose for a photo on the steps of the Winona Hotel 
during their recent spring meeting. Those participating are, (I. to r.): Dr. Raymond E. Gingrich, Sr., Rev. 
Clyde K. Landrum, Mr. Lowell Miller, Mr. Ralph Grady, Mr. John Morgan, Rev. Richard DeArmey. Second 
row: Dr. Charles Mayes, Dr. Homer Kent, Jr. (president), Mr. Ted Franchino. Third row: Dr. John Davis 
(executive vice president). Rev. Larry Wedertz, Mr. Richard Holmes, Mr. John Armstrong. Fourth row: Dr. 
Kenneth Ashman, Rev. R. Paul Miller, Rev. Richard Messner (director of development), Rev. Jerry Young. 
Top row: Rev. Donald Carter, Dr. David Hocking, Rev. F. Thomas Inman, Rev. Richard Grant, Mr. A. E. 
Grill, and Dr. Glenn W. Baker. (Photo by Doug Conrad) 

WM6 gift to 
assist establishing 
Brethren archives 

A gift of $350 will be used to purchase mate- 
rials for the starting of an archives of the Breth- 
ren Church in the Grace library. The generous 
gift was received from the Indiana District 

Women's Missionary Council. 

According to Mrs. Marilyn Yoder, project 
chairman of the district WMC, former Grace 
head librarian, Mabel Hamilton, has agreed to 
organize and categorize the Brethren historical 
materials now in the Archives and Rare Books 
room on the top floor of the library. Mrs. Hamil- 
ton will work on the project as she has oppor- 
tunity on a volunteer basis, according to Mrs. 
Yoder, and the gift will be used to purchase any 
special preservative containers and supplies 
necessary to organize the collection. 

Mrs. Hamilton, formerly a missionary to Afri- 
ca and head librarian for Grace Schools from 
1951-1976, indicates that currently there is 
much material relating to the history of the 
Brethren Church in the room. It includes trial 

APRIL 15, 1977 

transcripts from court cases, geneological infor- 
mation on the Christopher Sauer family, pam- 
phlets written and distributed about the time of 
the founding of Grace Seminary, and books of 
minutes from the 1800s on from the various 
district, state and national Brethren Church con- 

In addition to the Brethren materials, there 
are many other items relating to the history of 
Grace Schools and the individuals connected 
with it which it is hoped will someday be cate- 
gorized and organized for use by historical re- 

This includes a great wealth of materials and 
memorabilia from the late Billy Sunday, a com- 
plete set of minutes from the meetings of the 
revisers of the Scofield Bible on which then- 
Grace President Alva J. McClain worked, and a 
number of books by Brethren authors including 
a copy of the original manuscript of Dr. 
Florence Gribble's Stranger Than Fiction. 

Also included in the Grace collection are a 
number of historical Brethren Sunday School 
quarterlies and curriculum materials, and two 
old books which were gifts to Grace from Dr. 
Paul Bauman. They include a Second Edition 
copy of the Sauer Bible which was printed in 
1550, and one volume of Martin Luther's com- 

There are also, according to Mrs. Hamilton, a 
number of volumes taken from the attic of the 
Trotsle farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This 
farmhouse was owned by a Brethren family and 
was used as an infirmary during the Battle of 
Gettysburg. These books include hymnals, 
Bibles, and other volumes of interest. 

Mrs. Benjamin Hamilton, former head librar- 
ian at Grace Schools, holds a copy of Hol- 
singer's History of the Tunkers and the Breth- 
ren Church which is part of the archives and 
rare books collection at Grace Schools. The 
volume, which was specially bound and pre- 
pared for Holsinger by the publisher, Pacific 
Press Publishing Co., contains 826 pages and 
isdated 1901. Mrs. Hamilton will be working 
in the near future to categorize and organize 
historical materials in the Grace library. 

Your Living Memorial gift may be given "In Memory of the Departed," or, 
"In Honor of the Living," on such occasions as their birthday, wedding, 
anniversary, or other special event. An appropriate expression of "sympathy" 
or of "congratulations" will be sent without revealing the amount of the gift. 

Following are the memorials received during February 1977: 


In Memory of : 

Dr. Lloyd Fish 
Martin L. Wilder 

Robert Merkle 
Howard Burnett 
Robert Burns 
Rev. Archie L. Lynn 
Roxiy D. Salley 

Merrill M. King 

Given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Myers 

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Batroff 

Mr. and Mrs. James Bustraan 

Rev. and Mrs. William Byers 

Rev. and Mrs. Dean Fetterhoff 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hall 

Mr. and Mrs. Harris G. Kroes 

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Nordine 

Mr. and Mrs. Seals Smith 

Mr. and Mrs. Ed McConaghy 

Mr. and Mrs. Neal Carlson 

Mr. and Mrs. James Kessler 

Mr. and Mrs. David Coleman 

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 

2:15 Women's S.S. Class, Grace 

Brethren Church, Sunnyside Washington 

Rev. and Mrs. James W. Blackman 

Lois Smith 

Peru Brethren Church, Peru, Indiana 


Photo by Randy Groff 

Graduate School of Missions 
Ready for Launching 

Grace Seminary's new Graduate 
School of Missions, a program for the 
experienced missionary which leads to 
the Master of Arts in Missions or the 
Master of Theology in Missions, will 
begin this summer. 

According to Dr. S. Wayne Beaver, 
director of the school and chairman of 
the department of missions and evan- 
gelism in the seminary, there are cur- 
rently 13 students who have been ad- 
mitted and several more who indicate 
a strong probability of attending if ap- 
proved for admission. 

Under the guidance of four resident 
and three visiting faculty members, the 
program this summer will offer seven 
courses, stretching from May 23 to 
August 5. First-summer courses in- 
clude "Christian Apologetics on the 
Mission Field," "Cross-cultural Com- 
munications," "Missionary and 
National Church Policies," "Inter- 
personal Relationships on the Mission 
Field," "Theological Foundations for 
the Missionary," "Missionary Prin- 
ciples and Practices Today," and "Mis- 
sionary Presentations on Furlough." 

Resident faculty members from the 
seminary include Beaver, Dr. John C. 
Whitcomb, Dr. Paul R. Fink, and Dr. 

Charles R. Smith. Visiting faculty in- 
clude Henry Brandt, Ph.D., practicing 
psychologist and author; C. Raymond 
Buck, Ph.D., foreign secretary for Bap- 
tist Mid-missions; and James H. Nes- 
bitt, a Th.D. candidate at Grace and a 
missionary to France with Unevan- 
gelized Fields Mission. 

Courses in the program, which total 
14 in all, are offered in a two-year 
cycle on a rotating basis so that the 
student can enter the cycle at any 
point. The program is a summer one in 
order that the missionary can arrange 
his furlough so as to spend two con- 
secutive summers at Grace, with the 
time between free for deputation and 
research. The summer months also 
make it possible to include outstand- 
ing mission executives and professors 
as visiting faculty members in the areas 
of their specialization. 

According to Beaver, the initial 
group of accepted students represent 
missions work in Bangladesh, Hong 
Kong, Jamaica, Panama, Philippines, 
Somalia, Benin, Upper Volta, Ivory 
Coast, Kenya, Ethiopia, and France. 
They are serving under the Association 
of Baptists for World Evangelism 
(ABWE), Gospel Missionary Union, 
the Missionary Church, Sudan Interior 
Mission (SIM), and Greater European 

Mission (GEM). In addition to several 
missionaries and candidates, they also 
include professors of missions from 
schools in Florida, Pennsylvania, Cana- 
da, and Jamaica. 

The second group, whose appli- 
cations are yet pending, include mis- 
sionaries currently serving in Brazil 
and Irian Jaya. Applications are also 
being processed now for the summer 
of 1 978. 

Admission requirements for the 
Master of Arts Degree in Missions pro- 
gram, in addition to the spiritual, 
moral and personal qualifications ex- 
pected of every Grace student, include 
a B.A. or B.S. degree from a recog- 
nized college or university with a 
specified grade average. For the Master 
of Theology Degree in Missions, ad- 
mission requirements include an 
M.Div. or a B.D. degree from a recog- 
nized seminary and a specified grade 
average in previous theological work. 

Further information on the pro- 
gram may be obtained by writing Dr. 
S. Wayne Beaver, director, Graduate 
School of Missions, Grace Theological 
Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590, 
or by calling (219) 267-8191, ext. 


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ence at Winona Lake, Ind. , Aug. 12-19, 1976: Make 
certain that your room reservations extend through 
Aug. 19 inasmuch as there is an overlapping confer- 
ence at Winona Lake part of that same week. 

NEW YORK (EP) - Bible translations were published 
in 29 more languages in 1976-bringing to 1,603 the 
total languages and dialects in which at least one 
book of the Bible has been published since the in- 
vention of printing. 

Handbook for Young Christians, by Rev. Tom Julien 
again is available. The fourth printing is just off 
of the BMH press. The cost is 75c each, there are 
quantity purchase prices as well. 

The Grace College Lancers Basketball season came to 

a conclusion on Saturday March 12 as they were defeated by Olivet Nazerene of Kan- 
kakee, 111. The defeat came in the midwest regional finals of the National Christia 
College Association. The Lancers finished the year with a very good 21 and 9 win- 
loss record. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP) - New data released by the U.S. Labor Department reveals 
that 46 percent of children under 18 in America last year had mothers who worked 
outside the home — a rise of 7 percent since 1970. 

Rev. John Diaz, pastor of the Home Mission church at Orlando, Fla. , has accepted the 
invitation to join the pastoral staff at Lititz, Pa., according to Pastor Jerry 

NEW YORK (UPI) - General Motors says it found nothing objectionable in the two-part 
NBC television drama, "Jesus of Nazareth," but the giant automaker bowed to pressure 
from Fundamentalist Protestants and dropped sponsorship of the program. 

A tour to Jordan, Israel and Europe, with stops at our Brethren mission points in 
Germany and France, will be sponsored by the Bellf lower Brethren Church. The trip 
is being planned for this summer, and those interested in going may write to the 
church for further information - 9405 E. Flower St., Bellflower, Calif. 90706. 

The enthusiastic response almost overwhelmed the people at Delaware, Ohio, as 158 
gathered for their first Sunday service. This new congregation (a branch from 
Columbus) has as their pastor, Rev. John Willett. 

Another "Babe" of the Grace Brethren Church of Columbus is the new church at Grove 
City, Ohio, where Pastor Quentin Matthes and the congregation are praising the Lord 
for a recent all-time-high attendance of 32. 

TOKYO (EP) - Hearing of the severe winter in the United States, and of the depri- 
vation in certain areas, Japanese Christians collected $1,500 and sent it as relief 
funds to the Baptist General Conference of America to distribute as needed among 
the hardest hit by an unusual winter. 

Prayer request — Rev. Arthur Collins, pastor at Grace Brethren Church, Danville, 
Ohio, suffered a coronary attack Mar. 16. The Collin's address is 304 E. Ross St., 
Danville, Ohio, 43014 




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MAY 1, 1977 


Keg to Church Growth in France 

; (see paqe 8) 

Reflections By Still Waters 

Eiqhtij-three Seconds 
from Destruction 

Part II 

Charles W. Turner 

The problems of Israel in relation 
to her neighbors should be of interest; 
therefore, I will relate a few examples 
in this issue. The trip to Israel under 
the sponsorship of the American Zion- 
ist Society was a very enjoyable and 
enlightening experience for me. As I 
noted in the first article, the individ- 
uals whom we as a group had oppor- 
tunity to meet and interview made the 
high spots for us. 

Friday, February 18, was a most in- 
teresting day and it all started at Rosh 
Pina near the Sea of Galilee as we 
picked up an officer of the Israel De- 

fense Forces. He was to be our special 
guide for the day and to take us to 
two locations, both in the north coun- 
try and each one Israel's neighbors. 
The border installations were both in 
sight of beautiful, snow-covered Mt. 
Hermon. The scenery was magnificent, 
but the evident reason behind the in- 
stallations brought a definite chill in 
the atmosphere. One of these two mili- 
tary positions is called "Metulla" and 
is on the Lebanese border, and the 
other is Installation 109 on the Golan 
Heights overlooking Syria. 

Our papers have been filled with 


the war accounts in Lebanon and the 
internal strife of that country. Of re- 
cent months forces from Syria have 
come into the country, and some of 
the fighting has ceased under their 
control. When the forces came close to 
the borders of Israel, Israel asked for a 
removal of these soldiers. This wish 
was granted but in turn civil fighting 
returned to the area. At Metula, a 
small town under the shadows of Mt. 
Hermon, a gate has been opened be- 
tween the countries of Lebanon and 
Israel. This gate is called the "Good 
Fence" and permits the passage of 
people from Lebanon into Israel. 
There are really two gates and an open 
area between them. We were granted 
permission to watch the passage of 
workers coming from Lebanon into 
Israel— they would return home to 
Lebanon that evening. The Good 
Fence is also another passage area for 
the wounded from the war in Lebanon 
to pass to Israel for medical help. It is 
Israel's way of extending a helping 
hand to those across the border. 

Traveling by bus, we came into the 
open country and approached the 
bunkers and military vehicles. The 
guns and equipment were all in 
place— ready for action. We were per- 
mitted, five at a time, to go through 
the bunker area and come to the 
fence. Just hours before, wounded 
from the war had been brought 
through here, two were dead and a 
bloody stretcher leaning against the 
bunkers gave evidence that the war 
had visited close by and its mute re- 
minder remained to speak. To stand 
looking across the border where the 
war was just a mile away gave one a 
feeling of uncertainty and slight fear. 

We left Metulla and the Good 
Fence, journeying across the Huleh 
Valley; once a swamp, but now pro- 
ductive with beautiful fields yielding 
in abundance. Past Caesarea Philippi 
we traveled, and began to ascend the 
Golan Heights; the military installa- 
tions there were held formerly by the 
Syrians. The markers for land mines 
were much in evidence in the open 
fields, as the aftermath of war. We 
were to visit Installation 109 on the 
border and to look down on Syria. 
One of the goals of Israel is what they 
call "safe borders," and we were ap- 
proaching them now. In past years 
Syria has set on the mountains and 
looked down on and lobbed shells on 

Israel, now it was different. 

A high hill in the open country was 
to be our next stop. There was little 
sign of life in the area but as we exited 
from the bus, the view of Mt. Hermon 
to the left was breathtaking. The 
snow-covered peaks had seen countless 
movements of history. The movements 
of people who have had their names 
written in the history of the world. A 
hike up a hill and we were at Number 
109. Here we were met by a young 
officer who had served his term and 
had reenlisted in the service. We were 
led through a tunnel dug in the hill, 
past a kitchen and sleeping area in the 
bunker. As we came out into the open 
again, the presence of military equip- 
ment surrounded us as did the young 
soldiers who were looking out over the 
valley below. The cold wind of the 
higher elevation and the late winter 
day added a touch of awesomeness to 
the whole scene. 

Syria was literally below us in the 
valley. From this vantage point the 
scene was indescribably beautiful. This 
land captured by Israel gave them one 
more, what they like to call a "defensi- 
ble border." We spent about an hour 
here on the outskirts of the country. 
As we talked to the soldiers, the same 
spirit of dedication we had found else- 
where was obviously displayed in In- 
stallation 109. The young leader here 
said: "I am doing no more than my 
mother in helping Israel. We are all 
part of this land." His "Shalom" and 
the "Shalom" of a visiting group of 
Americans sounded on the mountain 
of the Golan Heights in the late after- 
noon air. Back to the bus, down the 
mountain, and to the city of Jeru- 
salem, where we were to greet the Sab- 
bath at the Wailing Wall. 

These two visits to the borders give 
me the backdrop for the conclusion of 
this article. In a briefing session with a 
military correspondent of the press, he 
was asked about the tenseness and ap- 
parent anxiousness of the people. He 
said: "We are 1 minute and 23 
seconds away from destruction. That 
is the time it would take a jet to cross 
our borders and reach the major cities 
of our land. How would you feel if 
this were true of your county?" There 
are 83,000,000 Arabs surrounding 
Israel and there are 3,000,000 Israelis. 
The odds are great, but there is some- 
thing going for Israel that cannot be 
reproduced in odds. 

MAY 1. 1977 


BMH News Summary 5 

Advancing 7 

France Folio 8 

Superintendents 10 

Argentina 14 

Hidden Beauty 15 

My Middle Name 17 

A Little Child 1i 

Christian Education 20 

Lifetime Impact 22 

BMH Newest News 24 



(Cover photo: This lovely and strategically 
located facility serves as a bridge aiding the 
France mission team in evangelism, teaching and 
church planting.) 

in the 


Volume 39, Number 9, May 1,1977 

Published bimonthly by 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Printed by BMH Printing 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

35 Years Ago- 1942 

A cable from Joseph Foster, act 
ing superintendent in French 
Equatorial Africa: "Dr. Gribble 
Passed Away Peacefully Last Mon 
day— Fever." . . . John Aeby, pas 
tor at Fort Wayne, Ind., reported 
the completion of a chapel in the 
north wing of the building. 

15 Years Ago- 1962 

Dr. Herman A. Hoyt has been chosen 
by the board of trustees to be the new 
president of Grace Schools. This ap 
pointment will be effective on Sept 
1. ... A new Sunday School record is re- 
ported at FLndlay, Ohio, of 324. Pastor 
Gerald Teeter. 

5 Years Ago- 1972 

Gordon Bracker announces resignation 
Elkhart, Ind. . . . First Brethren Church,' 
Long Beach, Calif., reported 2,295 in the 
morning worship service. 


□ I just finished reading two very 
good articles in the March 1 issue of 
the Herald about two women that 
the Lord has used on the mission 
field. There was only one thing 
wrong with these two articles. I 
have never met a woman named 
Mrs. George or Mrs. Larry or don't 
they have names? An editor's note 
at the bottom of Mrs. Cone's biog 
raphy would have been sufficient 
and then their names under their 
pictures. Do women always have to 
be in their husbands' shadow? I am 
fast becoming a Ms. for this reason 

Dear Almost Ms. 

Thanks for writing and expressing 
your opinion regarding the use of 
women's first names. A careful look 
at the masthead of the Herald found 
on page 4 of this same issue of the 
Herald expresses our policy position 
on this subject. There are at least 
five married women, and all of their 
first names appear. This is a policy 
change that I requested during the 
past year to give identity to the in- 
dividuals working on our staff. So 
you are speaking to the wrong per- 
son as I trust the above mentioned 
facts will show. Names are used in 
the magazine according to the in- 
formation supplied us by the boards 
presenting the material, or accord- 
ing to the desire of the people in- 
volved as to their personal prefer 
ence in this matter.— CWT 

P.S. I was interested in your return 
address label on your envelope, 
what is your first name? 


Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman 

I Secretary 
.. Sandy 

Subscription Secretary: Diane Constantine 
IBM Composer: Omega Sandy 
Design & Layout Artist: Timothy Kennedy 

Departmental Editors: Christian Educa- 
tion: Knute Larson, James Long. Foreign 
Missions: Rev. John Zielasko, Marcia 
Wardell. Grace Schools: Dr. Homer A. 
Kent, Jr., Terry White. Home Missions: 
Dr. Lester Pifer. WMC: Linda Hoke 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at 

Winona Lake, Ind. Issued on 

the first and fifteenth of each 

month by the Brethren Mission 

ary Herald Co., Box 544, 1104 

Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 

Ind. 46590. Subscription 

prices: $4.75 a year; foreign, 

$5.50. Special rates to 



ren Churches and the Fvannelirsl Prp« a^^nriatinn ^^? 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association 

* Washington (EP)— Thirty-five nationally prominent re- 
ligious leaders presented an appeal advocating an inter- 
national network of grain reserves to end world hunger 
and food instability to the Senate, but the plan was 
greeted with something less than enthusiasm. 

The appeal, which represented a broad spectrum of 
Catholics, Protestants, and Jews, was presented to the 
Senate Agricultural Committee on behalf of the religious 
groups and Bread for the World, a three-year-old Chris- 
tian citizens movement. 

The leaders of most of the larger denominations in 
the United States endorsed the appeal. 

: The dictionary says a "Crazy Quilt" is one made of 
pieces of cloth of various colors, patterns, shapes, and 
sizes. Now, the teens at LaLoma (Modesto, Calif.) don't 
want a crazy quilt, they are asking for donations from 
the congregations of "pieces of leftover carpet squares" 
... so they can "re-carpet their meeting room." Where 
there is a will . . . there will be a "Granny Squares" 

8 PICK-A-PARTNER is the name of a ministry at Wooster, 
Ohio, First Brethren. Here is a plan appreciated by the 
shut-ins, sick folks, and hospitalized because this service, 
offered by dedicated Christians, provides visits, trans- 
portation, help in the home, and anything else a true 
partner can offer another one in need. Pick-A-Partner is 
only a phone call away. 

•The new educational building fund at Taos, N. Mex., is 
getting near the $10,000 goal. There is now $7,320 in 
the fund, which means construction can soon begin. 

The Anderson, S.C., Grace Brethren Church believes in 
Christian Education and in starting such an education 
with their four- and five-year-olds. The Grace Kinder- 
garten will be officially opened for the first time this 

•The Kent, Wash., congregation enjoyed participating in 
"Here's Life" crusade. There were 693 completed phone 
calls, 153 presentations of the Gospel made, 46 prayed 
to receive Christ, and 7 participated in "Here's Life" 
Bible study classes. 

•An exciting success was the "Kid's Krusade," con- 
ducted by the Grace Brethren at Lansing, Mich. Dave 
Winchell, local TV personality, was the featured speaker. 
He used ventriloquism, puppetry and gospel magic to 
communicate spiritual truths. Attendance averaged 83 
with 6 public decisions to receive Christ as Saviour. 

: Pastor G. W. Gilgan, Jr., resigned from Grace Brethren 
Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and will leave Cedar Rapids 
about June 1. 

•A second anniversary of "Sounds of Grace," a 15- 
minute radio broadcast, was celebrated recently at 
Laurel Mt. Grace Brethren Church, Boswell, Pa. The 
broadcast is aired every Sunday at 12 noon on the local 
Somerset station. "Sounds of Grace" proclaims the 
message of God's grace to the unsaved and offers com- 
fort and encouragement to the redeemed. 

Pastoral Care and Counseling Service has been insti- 
tuted at Hagerstown (Md.) Grace Brethren with Rev. 
Charles Bearinger of Waynesboro, Pa. The program is 
scheduled for each Monday afternoon and evening, and 
people who desire Christian counseling are taking ad- 
vantage of the opportunity according to Dr. Robert 
Collitt, pastor of the Hagerstown congregation. 

After serving three summers of internship at Hagers- 
town Grace Church, Rev. Jeff Dunkle has been called to 
serve as Youth Pastor. He was saved as a teenager at the 
local church so now is returning "home." 

Richmond, Va. (EP)— The relatively new Christian Yel- 
low Pages and the Christian Business Directory have 
been condemned by Jews and other Christians as anti- 
New Testament in their profit motive and economically 
discriminatory and anti-Semitic. 

The aim of the directory to keep money within the 
Christian "family" has been criticized as a form of preju- 
dice, but the leaders of the franchise operations say their 
projects are necessary during a "moral slide away from 
God," as Bill Bray, marketing manager for the Christian 
Business Directory, put it. 

"We're friends of Israel," Bray stressed, stating that 
the Christian yellow pages were no different from the 
new Jewish Yellow Pages and the yellow pages in the 
Second Jewish Catalogue. 

* Annual Changes: Bill Stevens, R. R. 1, Box 59, Lake 
Odessa, Mich. 48849 . . . Telephone for Grace Brethren 
Church, Lansing, Mich.-(517) 323-2424 ... Charles 
Thornton, 118 E. Scott St., Grand Ledge, Mich. 
48837 . . . David Seifert, 3416 Rexford Dr., Modesto, 
Calif. 95350 . . . E. William Male, R. R. 8, Box 3-60, 
Warsaw, Ind. 46580. 

Washington, D.C. (EP)— The Federal Communications 
Commission (FCC), is not empowered to ban obscene 
language from radio and television, even in those hours 
when children would be listening or watching, according 
to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals. 

The court reversed a 1976 FCC ruling against radio 
station WBAI in New York which broadcast a record by 
comedian George Carlin containing some obscene words. 
In its ruling against the station, the FCC said the record 
was broadcast in the afternoon when children were like- 
ly to be listening. It said the ruling might have been 
different if the record had been played late at night. 

MAY 1, 1977 

Chappaqua, N.Y. (EP)- According to Dr. Paul L. Maier, 
author and professor of ancient history at Western 
Michigan University in Kalamazoo, the Ebla, Syria, ex- 
cavations more than qualify as one of the most impor- 
tant archaeological and historical finds of the 20th 

A forgotten civilization, its previously unknown lan- 
guage, names and places thought before to be merely 
symbolic— all have been brought to light through the 
diggings "with correlations to the Biblical world that are 
of enormous significance," observes the professor- 


A six-month's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald is given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

Ann Marie Gronewold and Gordon Leroy Bracker, Feb. 
19. Community Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. Rev. 
Gordon Bracker, grandfather of the groom, performed 
the ceremony. 


Lancaster, Pa., May 22-27; Wesley Haller, pastor; Becker 





Meal Plans 





2. Individuals wishing only meals full time, add 50c per meal package per day. 

3. Individuals wishing only housing facilities full time, add 50c per day to room package. 

4. Children, 6 and under-free lodging when sharing parents' room— meals at half price. 

5. Room charges based on two or more persons per room. 

PLAN A — Share bath, no air conditioning: (College) 

Room, $4.00 per person 
Meals, $7.25 per person 
Total cost, $1 0.75 per day per person 

PLAN B - Share bath with air conditioning: (College) 

Room, $4.50 per person 
Meals, $7.25 per person 
Total cost, $1 1.25 per day per person 

PLAN C — Private bath with air conditioning: 

(Winona Hotel, Lakeside, McKee) 

Room (with room makeup), $5.50 per person 

Meals, $7.25 per person 

Total cost, $1 2.25 per day per person 

The above plans are on a first come, first serve basis. All reservations should be sent to Grace 
Schools, Mr. Dan Snively, Director of Campus Housing, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. The 
$10 deposit per person registration should be sent prior to July 15, 1977. The deposits 
should also be sent to Mr. Dan Snively. Rooms not reserved prior to July 15, 1977, will be 
handled on a direct rental basis. 


Breakfast $ 1.75 

Lunch 2.25 

Dinner 3.25 

* 777e package price on meals subject to change due to uncertain food market. 


c/o Director of Campus Housing 






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Miss Estella Myers 

(FMS editor's note: Not long before 
her death 20 years ago, pioneer mis- 
sionary Miss Estella Myers wrote a 
series of articles dealing with the estab- 
lishment of the Brethren mission in 
Africa. This installment, the fifth in 
the series, is reprinted from the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald for April 7, 

Although we did not have full per- 
mission as a mission, we were glad that 
the waiting days in Brazzaville were 
over and we could move to the interi- 
or—into the tribe we wished to evan- 
gelize after we had learned their lan- 

We started up the Congo September 
10, 1919, and sailed until we came to 
the Sangha River. The little steamboat 
Djah had only two cabins and some of 
us slept on deck. 

Our hearts were full of joy, but 
soon came the deepest sorrow we had 
yet experienced on our mission. A few 
days after we had set out by boat Mrs. 
Rollier took sick with malaria. Her 
heart failed to endure the fever and 
she died on September 16. She had 
longed so much to take the Gospel to 
the heathen in Oubangui-Chari in 
obedience to her Lord. She prayed 
that the Lord would care for her chil- 
dren. Submissive to His will that she 
go to her heavenly home, she reached 
up her hands, saying, "I see Jesus." 

Our hearts were so sad that words 
could not express our grief. We were 
stunned; yet, we knew the Lord who 
permitted it knew our sorrow and 
would give comfort. 

A coffin was made and, 
after Mrs. Rollier's body had 
been put in it, the coffin was 
placed in one of the side boats 
attached to the Djah until we ar- 
rived at Ekelemba. Men were sent 
ahead in a canoe to row all night and 
thus reach Ekelemba before we did 
and have arrangements made for the 
digging of the grave and the simple 
burial service. Mrs. Rollier was buried 
at Ekelemba in the little cemetery on 
top of the river bank. Convicts in 
chains dug the grave. It was a cannibal 
district. These people, who built their 
homes in trees, had never heard the 
Gospel. Mr. Rollier talked at the grave. 
The little girls were so brave. ,Mrs. 
Rollier's grave is the testimony of a 
faithful Christian who laid down her 
life that the Gospel might be preached 
to the unreached heathen in Ouban- 
gui-Chari. Thus our ranks were de- 
pleted as we traveled on toward our 

We arrived at Ouesso on September 
19. The officials were very kind to us 
and gave us a good house in which to 
dwell until we could go to Nola. It was 
necessary to change boats. The little 
Ngandou, with one cabin, took us to 
Nola. We had a hard trip, for the en- 
gines of the boat broke down several 
times. A mistake had been made in our 
papers, Nola being written in as our 
destination instead of Carnot. We were 
to wait there until the mistake could 
be rectified. 

Nola was a tsetse fly district and 
many people were sick and dying. The 
government wanted us to locate there 

While the river steamer stopped to take on 
wood, the missionaries, Estella Myers and 
Dr. Florence Gribble, as well as the mission- 
ary children, created a great interest for the 

Pictured in the lower scene is the Ngandou 
that carried the pioneer missionary party 
part way up the river toward Carnot. 

and do medical work. The adversary 
was increasingly powerful in assailing 
us the farther we advanced, but we 
could keep looking up. The adminis- 
trator gave us two good houses in 
which to reside until we could move 
on to Carnot 

Nola was a battlefield between the 
Germans and the French. The bodies 
of the natives were often left on the 
ground and then eaten by leopards. 
Thus, the leopards had the taste of 
human flesh and sought natives in the 
villages. Across from us was a moun- 
tain where gorillas lived. They also 
sought human beings. 

Our native helpers were Baya, and 
we started at once to study their lan- 
guage and translate songs for them. We 
often visited the villages to talk to the 
people. We greatly admired the large, 
beautiful butterflies, six inches across, 
and went out with native help to catch 

In my room, sitting on eggs she had 
laid, was the little white hen that we 
brought from Brazzaville, and beside 
her sat the red rooster the French lady 
had given me. On the way to Carnot 
(Continued on page 12) 

MAY 1, 1977 

Rev. David Shargel 


Chalon-sur-Saone— where David and Cheryl 
Shargel serve under the Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Brethren Church, which has 
purchased this house for their ministry .... 

'Before"-March 1976 

f] "After"— repainting in October— three floors, three 
garages, three guest rooms ... in a residential 
suburb of Chalon, ten minutes walk from down- 
town. Entrance on ground floor to room serving 
for worship services. 

First room remodeled: the children's bedroom. 
Four of our families worked here, and in all fifty 
folks of nine nations labored in and around the 
house during the spring and summer. 

Noel 1976— Jean-Francois, standing cen- 
ter, accepted Christ in this room in 
March, then directed redecorating efforts 
here in May, and now takes delight in fel- 
lowship in this room. 


1. Gilles and Guilaine Burdin also came to the 
Lord recently; were put to work on the wall and 
ceiling of the room in which they now worship the 
Lord, and are "part of the family." 

2. The last room completed to date is the kitchen, 
large and well equipped for the many guest meals 
required in the ministry of personal evangelism 
and church planting in Chalon. 

3. Two guest rooms in one wing of the main 
floor— in use every week since last spring— still 
need to be redecorated. Electric wiring has been 
updated, but the heating is deficient, and ceilings 
and walls cry for attention. 

4. Missionary wife and mother "commutes" regu- 
larly to her ground-floor workroom (awaiting re- 
decorating) for linens, sewing, washing, ironing, 
and so on. 

5. Separated by a curtain from the worship room 
(which the church is remodeling) the office is an- 
other room waiting to be finished ... the space 
will also be needed on Sunday mornings as attend- 
ance passes 30. 

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Superintendents. . , Boards, . , Candidates 

John W. Zielasko 

All the field superintendents serving with Brethren Foreign Missions left their fields of service in 
mid-February and converged on Winona Lake, Indiana, for top-level strategy sessions. A meeting of this 
type was long overdue. Subjects such as administration, church growth, and mission priorities and 
strategies were discussed. The results of this conference will be helpful to the fields as missionaries team 
up to fulfill the objectives and reach the established goals. 

It was most encouraging to the home staff and board to know that all field leaders are dedicated to 
the basic mission policy of evangelism and church planting. 

Superintendents met with interested candidates in both formal and informal meetings. They also 
participated in sessions with the foreign board. In fact, the results of this first meeting were so profitable 
and fruitful that a similar meeting has been scheduled for next year. 

nave you noticed a change in the atmosphere relative to foreign missions? Well, we have— a very 
healthy change. The image of foreign missions is improving. The criticisms and negative attitudes ex- 
pressed just a few years ago are giving way to a healthy optimism. A new day in missions is dawning. 
Missionaries are encouraged; churches are becoming involved; young people not only are signing up for 
short terms of service, but are more open and willing to consider a career in missions. 

The Brethren Foreign Missionary Society is reaping the benefit of this renewed interest. In fact, our 
candidate file is bulging. A one-day missions seminar at the Missions Building attracted a record high of 
more than 60 seminary and college students. They had the opportunity to meet with the field superin- 
tendent in the particular field of their choice. 

For the first time in the history of the FMS, all field superintendents were present to meet with the 
board of trustees at one of their regular meetings. Their observations and reports were greatly appre- 
ciated. Some of the actions taken at the midyear meeting of the board are as follows: 

1. The Orient approved as a future FMS field. Priority thrust: Philippines. 

2. Relief Agency Brethren funds distributed: $3,000 to World Relief Agency, $1,000 to Food for the 
Hungry, and $1,000 to Medical Assistance Programs. Five thousand dollars is being held in reserve for 
disasters and emergencies which may occur during the year. 

3. Years of service increments for missionaries were extended to 20 years of service (formerly 15 

4. The base allowance for missionary salaries was adjusted by granting a 7 percent increase. 

5. Mission Aviation Fellowship program, in cooperation with our mission in Africa, was approved. 

6. A budget of well over a million dollars was adopted. 

Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of the board meeting was the interviewing of a host of candi- 
dates. A total of 19 new appointees is scheduled to leave for the fields and language study before the end 
of 1977. 

Argentina: Then . . . Now 

(Continued from page 14) 

and controlled the economy, right up 
to the time of Peron's regime from 
1945 to 1955. 

The wealthy merchants also became 
landowners. Through their position of 
power in the government they were 
able to acquire large tracts of land as 
the Indians were driven back and the 
interior opened for settlers. These 
tracts of land were enormously large, 
being measured in leagues (one league 
about three miles) rather than in acres 
or hectares. 

Thus, the same few who dominated 
business and government in the city 
also controlled the agricultural and 

livestock business. With farm products 
to export in exchange for manufac- 
tured articles, the manufacturing in- 
dustry was not allowed to develop. 
Farm work did not provide enough 
jobs for all who needed work, and this 
grew worse as tractors and modern 
farm machinery came into use. 

When Peron became president in 
1945 he started a program of indus- 
trial development. With the factories 
came labor unions, and strikes, and 
high wages followed by higher com- 
modity prices. Inflation got going and, 
according to a recent report, 
amounted to about 300 percent in 

The struggle for political control is 
being waged between relatively small 
groups of extremists, who are respon- 
sible for the large number of deaths 
reported from time to time. Recently, 

in 1976, the number was over 1,300. 

In general the people of Argentina 
earn more money, have more things, 
and travel more than in the "old 
days." While this may signify an im- 
provement in the material condition of 
the population, it has brought with it 
serious problems and the loss of cer- 
tain moral and spiritual benefits. Ar- 
gentina is no longer a land of peace 
and the tranquil life with the time and 
the disposition to enjoy it. Now, 
hurry, rush, and anxiety are the order 
of the day. 

Despite the political trouble and 
the inflation, the Lord continues to 
keep the way open for the preaching 
of the Gospel and the right to worship 
Him. Please join in prayer for a revival 
and a great growth in the Brethren 
churches in Argentina. The oppor- 
tunity is there. 

MAY 1, 1977 



(Continued from page 7) 

the little white hen hatched her eggs, and when we dis- 
embarked our chicken family numbered 10. People came 
from far and near to see the eight rapidly growing young 
chickens. These African chickens were similar to Ameri- 
can Bantams. 

On November 10 we left Nola, just two months from 
the time we left Brazzaville. It seemed God was going to 
give us permission on the installment plan. 

We sailed on the Mambeli River to Bania in large 
canoes called baleiniers, with grass roofs. In one of these, 
with their baggage, Mr. Rollier and the two little girls 
rode; I rode with the Gribbles in another. The heavy 
baggage was carried in wooden peroques or canoes. Ten 
paddlers were used for each boat. One paddler would 
beat the boat with drumsticks and play a tune for the 
rest to sing and row by. All day long they sang. They 
kept close to the side of the stream, as the current was 
swift and full of rapids and whirlpools. The river was not 
wide, so we could enjoy the scenery on both sides of the 
river along the way. At night we stopped along the 
shore, pitched our tents, cooked our food by the camp- 
fire, and prepared lunch for the next day. When we ar- 
rived in the evening the children would be very hungry 
and tired. The cramped conditions on the boat made the 
days seem very long. One day we were in the boat 12 
hours. Another day we were forced to stop in the jungle 
on account of approaching darkness. While we were 
pitching our tents we ran into driver ants. They quickly 
climbed on some of us and bit us. The heads of the ants 
seemed to become embedded in our flesh. How miser- 
able we were until we could pull them out! Then in the 
night we heard animals howling around us. To sleep was 
well-nigh impossible. 

The natives along the way had heard that people were 
coming up the river with good news for them. They 
came asking for it, thinking it would be cloth, or salt, for 
what better news could there be for them? 

The native women wore ornaments around their 
necks, wrists, and ankles, and in their ear lobes, nostrils, 
and lips. They wore leaves and had their bodies marked 
in designs cut with a very sharp knife. They looked like 
hideous creatures, but one knew that they had souls and 
that Jesus loved them and died for them, and wanted 
them to be told the way of salvation that they might be 
made pure and lovely in spirit 

At Bania we walked around the rapids to Ikay. Some 
rode bicycles. Little Marguerite Gribble was carried. It 
took us the entire day to superintend the porters who 
carried the baggage; yet the distance was only seven 
miles. We spent the night at I kay. 

Again we engaged baleiniers and peroques and re- 
sumed our journey. The seven days were about the 
same— stopping and pitching our tents at night, and 
cooking our food on the campfire. 

At Carnot our journey was ended. It had been a 
journey of suffering, sorrow, bereavement, difficulties, 
and separations. Yet it was a journey of joy in the Lord, 
for we were advancing. 





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Richard and Sheryl C( 

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Serving with THE FC 


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Andy, Tim 


Rev. J. Paul Dowdy 

Then Mow 


When the Lord granted us the privi- 
lege of entering missionary service and 
we arrived in Argentina in 1937, that 
country was peaceful and life in gen- 
eral was pleasant and easygoing. 

There was, of course, that wide gap 
between the wealthy landowners and 
big business on the one hand and the 
poor workers on the other. Although 
workers were underpaid, they ac- 
cepted their lot and were generally 
contented. It had always been that 
way, but yet they could work hard 
and hope for advancement. Food was 
plentiful and cheap. Simple clothing 
was inexpensive, and since the working 
people did not demand anything pre- 
tentious, life was good. 

For the wealthy as well as those 
with good incomes, there were various 
things that made life pleasant. Many of 
them had lovely country homes be- 
sides the ones in the city. Fine riding 
horses and thoroughbred cattle were 
the pride and joy of the large ranch 
owners. They traveled first class on the 
trains which had dining and sleeping 
cars. (This service went out during 
Peron's time on all except long dis- 
tance mainline trains.) The wealthy en- 
joyed luxurious restaurants and high 
class opera. The opera was rather ex- 
clusive; only high society, dressed in 
formal evening clothes, could attend. 
Travel in Europe was common and 
many of the sons of the wealthy were 
educated in European universities. 

Although we ourselves were not 
wealthy, the situations mentioned 
above created a general environment 
or atmosphere that made Argentina a 
pleasant country in which to work. 

Then in 1943 things began to hap- 
pen which would disrupt that comfort- 
able, easygoing way of life. A quick 
revolution removed the president, and 
the military commanders took over. 
That was the beginning of a long series 

of abnormal changes of government 
which have continued to the present 
time. Some of the changes were 
brought about by armed revolution 
and others were made by demand of 
the armed forces. The same kind of 
procedure has become common in 
several other South American coun- 

In the minds of many people here 
in the United States, this state of af- 
fairs has created the impression that 
political turbulence is just a product of 
Latin temperament. It is quite general- 
ly believed that South Americans have 
fiery tempers and start revolutions at 
the slightest excuse. This is, of course, 
an unfounded conclusion. 

The causes of the troubles that 
plague Argentina are the same as those 
in practically all other countries of the 
world. Basically, the reasons are these: 
first, large segments of the population 
are no longer content barely to exist 
while others live in luxury and extrava- 
gance; second, there is just not enough 
produced in the world for everyone to 
enjoy a high standard of living; third, 
human nature is such that those who 
have little or nothing are going to keep 
on coveting the things they do not 
have, and those who have much are 
not about to share generously with the 

Argentina's troubles have grown 
out of conditions that began back in 
colonial times. One man went into 
business and prospered. His business 
developed into a powerful import- 
export operation. Wealth and promi- 
nence gave him a place in local govern- 
ment in Buenos Aires. With this ad- 
vantage the man came to occupy a 
place of power in national government 
as it developed. From then on that 
family dominated Argentine politics 

(Continued on page 1 1) 



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MAY 1, 1977 



Mr. Alain Leycuras July 1 

Aaron David Shultzman July 15, 1976 

B. P. 1 3, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Empire. 
Rev. Donald G. Hocking July 15 

B. P. 240, Bangui, Central African Empire. 
Mark William Austin July 23, 1968 

B. P. 1 3, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Empire. 
Miss Marian Thurston July 24 

B. P. 1 3, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Empire. 
Miss Margaret Hull July 27 


Mrs. Solon W. Hoyt July 29 


Kenneth Paul Burk July 3, 1961 

Frederick John Hodgdon July 9, 1964 

Rev. Earle C. Hodgdon July 18 

George Allen Hodgdon July 26, 1959 


James Ernest Dowdy July 23, 1967 


Mrs. Ralph R. Schwartz July 1 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

Mrs. Floyd W. Taber July 8 

Miss Florence Bickel July 8 

Rev. Robert S. Williams July 15 

Rev. David W. Shargel July 23 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 


Pres.-Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Woos- 

ter Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Secy.- Mrs. George Christie, 417 Allison 

Way, Goldendale, Wash. 98620 
Asst. Secy. -Mrs. Sally Neely, 565 Stony- 
ridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 4537 3 
Fin. Secy .-Treas.- Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 

National WMC.) 
Asst. Fin. Secy.-Mrs. Thomas Inman, 2244 

Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Lit. Secy.-Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 8. 

Box 157, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor- Mrs. Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Richard Sellers, 4661 

Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 

©ffering opportunity 

Only $2 v Wip 

From each of you 

Will help us do 

Great things for God this year! 

— It's a great treat to live in a new home once 
in a lifetime. But consider the joy to live in 
that same home serving the Lord in Brazil and 
having more time to do just that now that the 
home is completed. This is the partial story of 
the Norm Johnson family living in Uber- 
landia, Brazil. And the Lord used the building 
of the home to make contacts for the work 
there, too. Give generously to reach the set 
goal of $6,000. Remember . . . 

Only $2 

From each of you 

Will help us do 

Great things for God this year. 



My Middle Name Is 

Very rarely do you find one who feels as I do about my 
middle name. Many middle names are deeply hidden in the 
recesses of the Social Security card or job application forms, 
but mine signifies my very being. 

You've probably heard of folks who use only a middle 
initial because they can't conceive why they should be sad- 
dled with such a dubious title. I don't feel that way at all. My 
lineage is exactly what my name implies, or at least it should 

Why, my members or individual auxiliaries across the 
country are involved in innumerable ways in missionary ac- 
tivities. They support birthday missionaries each year with 
prayers, support money, and highly imaginative, personal re- 
membrances. Prayer is another avenue for service for my 
ladies. For several years they have prayed for missionary can- 
didates, and just look how the Lord has supplied the need! 
Not only do the auxiliaries support foreign missions but the 
projects completed by hard-working councils are a map to all 
facets of Brethren work in the Fellowship. What a tremen- 
dous challenge to live up to a name such as mine. If young- 
sters are given a "family name" as a distinction, sometimes 
whether correct or not they are admonished to live up to it. 
What a privilege in serving the Lord to be properly called 
"missionary" and not have the name become a misnomer or 
empty title. 


Honor List of Districts 

WMC Editor's Note: These organizations 
contributed to the mid-year Operation and 
Publication Offering. 




Northeastern Ohio 




Rocky Mtn. Region 


Southern Ohio 

Northern Atlantic 

Western Pennsylvania 

MAY 1, 1977 




Be sure to read the article on 
the next page. "A Little Child 
Will Lead Them" was written by 
Mrs. Dan Pacheco, who served 
for eight years on the national 
WMC board, five of those as edi- 
tor. Miriam is a very active mem- 
ber of the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church and its WMC and has the 
added responsibility of the direc- 
tion of "Master's Music Makers" 
for children, grades 1-3. 



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(Photo by Sharon White) 

Left to right: Danny, Maria, and David Pacheco 

A Little Child Will Lead Them 

Irs. Dan Pacheco 

"Dear Jesus, thank you for this beautiful day . . . ." 

How many times have I heard that prayer? 
Sunny Days 
Rainy Days 
Happy Days 
Sad Days 
Important Days 
Routine Days 
Clear Days 
Stormy Days 
Fresh-as-spring Days 
Dreary-as-winter Days 

My children are in a rut— I must make them stop 
and think what they are praying. 

But My child, no matter what the day— it can be 
beautiful. Yield each minute to Me. Abide in Me. 

Surrender your will to Mine each day. I will guide 
you. I will give you joy. I will fill your heart with 
peace. I will never leave you. I will never forget 

Thank You Lord. I hear You. But why can't I 
view each day as my children do? Do the years 
make that much difference? Do the cares of each 
day make me forget Your promises and power? 
Have I grown too old for childlike faith and trust? 

Just remember-/ know what is best for you. 
I want what is best for you. 
I'll give what is best for you. 
Not occasionally, but each day. 
If you let me, I'll do it. 

Yes! I will remember, Lord. And thank You for 
the precious children You used to teach me this 
lesson. Thank You that I am Your child. Thank 
You for this beautiful day. 

Jelp WMC_ 

Record Your 


Many folks talk about the ladder of 
success, but I trust as WMC members 
and officers we are not missing any 
rungs on the WMC step stool. 

An organization which relies on in- 
dividual giving as we do, needs some 
basic steps to rely on to make certain 
our footing is sound. Caution must be 
exercised not to jump over any steps, 
or there could be danger involved. For 
example, do not skip the step that 
notifies the first vice president of your 
chosen project, or there could be 
needless duplication or some disap- 
pointment. This includes any project 
for a national board or organization 
and can involve a local WMC or dis- 
trict group. 

Follow the steps in order; send 
projects at due date to implement 
speedy processing of that particular 
interest. Finally, please send checks to 
the national treasurer of WMC for the 
proper crediting to the WMC books. 
She will then forward your money to 
the organization as directed. 


WMC in 
President Speaks 

We are coming close to the end of another WMC year. As we 
think back: 

This year in WMC has been Fantastic because officers and 
committees have done their jobs, and we are seeing great things 
happening in WMC. We are praising the Lord! 

This year in WMC has been Outstanding because last year all of 
our major goals were met, and we raised our goals from $5,500 to 
$6,000. As "Two dollars from all of you" is stressed we are 
praying for great things concerning our goals. 

This year in WMC has been Unusual because we have been 
asked to have only one day of business at our 1977 national WMC 
conference. I know business to some seems unimportant, but as a 
national organization, it must be done. Pray with us about this. 
We know with the Lord's help and cooperation from all of you it 
can be done. Continue to pray for me and this coming national 

This year in WMC has been Reshaping because some things are 
changing. For example, our statistical blanks were shortened and 
our Recommendations and Objectives were renamed Conference 
WMC Pen Pointers. 

What a Fantastic, Outstanding, Unusual, Reshaping year this 
has been! It just so happens that the first letter of each of the 
above words spell out "FOUR" and they about sum up my 
fourth year as national WMC president. 

Given at the midyear Board Meeting- 

-Joyce Griffith 

national WMC president 

MAY 1, 1977 

hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

Go Ahead and Cry 

Knute Larson, executive director 

Tear ducts are located just above the eyes in the back of 
the lids. They function hesitatingly. 

They were made by God. 

Misused at times to win a point or create emotional black- 
mail, tears can also be our friends. 

One lady arriving at our Wednesday prayer and ministries 
time was greeted with "How's it going?" 

Her answer startled the questioner: "Miserable," she said. 

The person who asked didn't know what to say, but 
someone else was listening, and he took over. They sat down 
and missed the Bible study. Horrors! 

No. Good. She cried. He listened. 

Churches are for crying. Christians have shoulders. 

Let it happen. 

Part of Christian education is getting ourselves to minister 
and counsel with others. The professional counselor and 
pastor and psychologist are not people given by God to do all 
the listening and caring. You're one of them, too. 

It means you must learn how to share feelings and listen 

to feelings of others. Learn how to let someone cry. Often 
when someone else starts to cry you or I throw some Kleenex 
at the person and help him clear his throat and stop his 
crying. We mention the name of the deceased one, and then 
apologize that we made the person cry, and we change the 
subject. "Oh, I'm sorry to make you feel bad," we share. 

Go ahead and ask how he is doing since she died. And if 
the person cries about it, sit down and let it happen. Listen 
and share. Care and pray. Encourage and share hope, but also 
share tears. 

Many people have found special comfort from others be- 
cause they have been in a small Bible study group where 
there was openness and caring and sharing. Sometimes they 
even turn away from the organized church because their 
needs finally get met in a small group. That's bad, I think. 
But it's also too bad that sometimes the church is too stiff to 

Go ahead and care. 

And, sometimes, go ahead and cry. 

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* Average Attendance of ail reporting Sun- 




day Schools'-March 1976-163; March >w 







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* Growth Index Based on 183 Reporting 

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Churches: March 1976 weekly average 


B - 

Warsaw, Ind. 

Michael Rockafello 

w Len Blackstone 

attendance-30,120; March 



Bellflower, Calif. 

Edwin Cashman 

Jim Dunn 



C - 
D - 

Sunnyside, Wash. 
Brookville, Ohio 

John Terrell 
Clair Brickel 

James O'Malley 
Elmo Hemmerich 

* Net loss in reporting churches— 162 per- 
sons, or down .5 percent 


Columbus, Ohio 

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creases totaltng-1,461; 93 churches 


u) 5 

(East Side) 

Richard Sellers 

Roger Mills 

registered losses totaling-r1,623 

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Peru, Ind. 

James Marshall 

Steve Jackson 

Largest numerical increase— North 

Sacramento, Calif. 

Richard Cron 

Bob Mitchell 

Lauderdale, Fla. 

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Bethlehem, Pa. 
North Lauderdale, 

; la. 

Ron Guiles 
Jack Peters, Jr. 

Ken Brown 

Largest percentage increase— North 
Lauderdale, Fla. 

(13 U 

3 2 

J - 

Indiana, Pa. 

Robert Hooks 

* The larger the number of reporting 
churches, the more accurately these figures 
will represent the church growth picture of 



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the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 

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, Pa.-325; North 

Lauderdale. Fla.-226: 

Mabton, Wash.- 119; 

We urge the total support of the churches of 



Beth ehem, Pa.-1Z9; 


eld, Ohio (Grace)-250; Sacramento, 1 

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Jim Custer 

pastor, Grace Brethren Church, 

Worthington, Ohio 
Dave Hocking 

pastor, First Brethren Church, 

Long Beach, California 
Charles Lawson 

pastor, Grace Brethren Church, 

Trotwood, Ohio 
Bob Palmer 

director, Sandy Cove Bible 

Conference, Northeast, Maryland 
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Location: Taylor University, Upland, 

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BMH Newest News 

A fire completely destroyed the bus barn of the 
Bethel Brethren Church and Christian School, Osceola, 
Ind. , on April 4, resulting in a $60,000 loss. Two 
workmen in the barn, Ken James and Chris Wedertz, 
escaped with minor burns after a falling trouble 
light broke and ignited gasoline. A car, tractor, 
mowers, and auto maintenance equipment were lost in 
the blaze. 

Anchorage, Alaska, has now started a full schedule 
of worship services as of Mar. 6. 

Dates for a European tour conducted by Rev. Edwin 
Cashman (pastor of Bellf lower Brethren Church, Bell- 
flower, Calif.) will be June 20- July 11 with depar- 
ture from either Los Angeles or New York. There 
will be 10 days in Europe, including visits to the 
Brethren missions in France and Germany, and then 
on to the Holy Land. 

At the recent Brethren Missionary Herald board meetings held in Gatlinburg, Tenn. , 
plans were discussed for expansion in the area of BMH Books and the Printing Dept. 
Rev. Luke Kauffman received a plaque in recognition of his term of service with 
the Brethren Missionary Herald board. 

LONDON (EP) — Some blessed characters including Saints Nicholas and Valentine have 
been given their marching orders by the fathers of the Church of England. "The 
pedigree of some of these old saints is so much in doubt it was decided to have a 
cull," declared church spokesman John Trevisick. 

Grace Brethren Church of Glendale, Calif. , closed its doors as of April 10, 1977. 
"Due largely to 'inflationary' costs of operation, much costly vandalism, and di- 
minishing membership and financial support," the property has been sold. 

At Hagerstown, Md. (Grace), two additional radio stations are now airing the Sunday 
morning program, "The Brethren Hour," which means the broadcast is heard on four 
radio stations and is presented live over still another station at 11 a.m. 

Rev. and Mrs. Arthur Collins of Danville, Ohio, express deep gratitude to those who 
prayed for Pastor Collins during his days of hospitalization as a result of coronary 
problems. Mr. Collins is home and recovering satisfactorily. 

Rev. Richard DeArmey has accepted a call from the Worthington Grace Brethren Church 
(Columbus, Ohio), to serve as Minister of Counseling. 

According to Pastor M. L. Myers the Ghent Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. , re- 
ceived over 35 percent of the active church membership during the past five years. 

MINNEAPOLIS (EP) — A recent study indicates that interest in church colleges is stror 
despite a slight decline in college and university enrollment across the nation. "1 
spite, or perhaps because, of the secularization American society at large, it is 
clear that many youth today seek a higher education that combines a quality academic 
program with a genuine religious experience," said Earl J. McGrath of the University 
of Arizona. 

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MAY 15. -197'; 

Reflections By Still Waters 

The Grass 
(s Greener 
on This Side 
of the Jordan 

Charles W. Turner 

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Tree planting near Kennedy Memorial 

A returning tourist from the Holy 
Land usually includes in his observa- 
tions remarks regarding the prosperity 
of the state of Israel. My first trip to 
Israel was in 1962, some 15 years ago, 
and I remember so well my impres- 
sions of the land and its prosperity. 
This trip with the American Zionist 
Society impressed me anew with the 
continuing movement of the nation 
toward green fields and flourishing 
hillsides. This development of the land 
has not come with case, but it has 
taken dedication and hardwork and a 
lot of drained swamps and water lines 
to the desert in the south. 

From the northern boundaries to 
the ancient land of the Philistines, the 
change has taken place. Sites I visited 
formerly had undergone drastic 
changes in appearance and new in- 
creased productivity. Years ago I heard 
of the planting of trees that would re- 
sult in foresting the hills. The number 
of trees to be planted has changed and 
each year a new goal and greater vision 
has been exercised. The grass is indeed 
greener on this side of the Jordan. Be- 
fore we get to some of the plus in this 
area let us take a look at some of the 
minus— the problems. 

There are 3 million people now in 
the state of Israel, there are 83 million 
people that surround them, and these 
people are not exactly what you 
would call friendly neighbors. The 

need for a strong defense force is im- 
perative until there is some solution to 
the problem. Israel is probably spend- 
ing as large a portion of their budget 
for defense as is any of the nations of 
the world. About 37 percent of the 
income of the government must go 
back into a part of the economy to 
make the nation safe. This is indeed a 
heavy financial drain. Keep in mind 
the area that we arc talking about is 
about the size of New Jersey with a 
population about half the size of New 
York City. The cost to maintain the 
armed forces has put a push on prices, 
and a walk through the shops and 
stores will tell you there are not many 
items that are inexpensive in Israel. 
The inflation rate is moving upward 
and the year 1976 brought a devastat- 
ing 40 percent inflation rate. The 
figures for 1977 will not be a great 
deal better, and here in the States we 
arc moving along and complaining 
about a 7 percent inflation rate. 

If is difficult to compare items in 
the stores with their equivalent in 
America. The prices are high with 
gasoline in the two-dollar-a-gallon 
range, but the income of people in 
comparable occupations in the United 
States in comparison would be much 
lower. So the difference in hourly rate 
of income and price of product is 
much wider than we are familiar with 
in our daily living. Housing costs are 

advancing quite rapidly as they are in 
the rest of the world. Taxes are high 
on imported products such as auto- 
mobiles. Many of the "small" cars im- 
ported from Japan can easily be priced 
at $12,000 and out of reach for many 
people of the country. We ate very 
little beef while in the land because of 
the high cost, but turkey was plentiful 
and delicious. 

Those are some of the negatives, 
but when you begin to tour the land it 
gives the appearance of prosperity. 
New buildings are going up in the 
cities and even new cities are being 
built. The most remarkable change 
since my last visit was on a trip down 
the coastline from Tel Aviv to the 
desert in the south. What a change in 
the area since the coming of water to 
this section. Remember the names of 
the cities in Philistine country in 
David's time? Askleon, Ashdod, 
Ekron, Gath . . . now flourishing cities. 
Here in the south, in the Negev, the 
water was carried from the north 
through a great pipeline and hence to 
the soil. From desert to fertile farm 
land— it was green. 

At Sde Nitzan we saw tomatoes 
growing in the fields through the work 
of irrigation. Large amounts of water 
were used and much of it lost to 
evaporation in the heat of the day, but 
here at Sde Nitzan we saw an interest- 
ing experiment in the growing of 


Kennedy Memorial near Jerusalem 

Preparing roses for export at Nes Ammim-Christian cooperative 

tomatoes under completely controlled 
conditions— in huge greenhouses. This 
was a cooperative and each family 
owned two of the greenhouses for 
which they were responsible and 
through which they could gain success. 
The interesting thing here is that it was 
not a kibbutz but was owned by sepa- 
rate families. The experiment did work 
and each one of the families was grow- 

ing 19 metric tons of tomatoes in each 
of the greenhouses, but the use of 
valuable water was sharply diminished. 
It took about 13 percent as much 
water to grow the tomatoes in a green- 
house as it did in the open field. The 
cost of the greenhouses could be re- 
couped through the savings of the re- 

Different kibbutzim and coopera- 

tives grow such items as roses and ship 
them off to Holland. The roses are cut 
in the morning and by the next after- 
noon they are in street vendors' shops. 
Such a village as Nes Ammim, a few 
miles from the Lebanon border, pro- 
duces millions of roses a year for ex- 
port. The citrus fruits of Israel find 
their way to European markets, and it 
is not uncommon to see them in the 
local supermarkets throughout the 
United States. 

The hills arc no longer denuded, 
and where once rocks stood— now 
there are trees— by the millions. We 
visited and planted trees near the Ken- 
nedy Memorial. Once the planting of 6 
million trees was a goal, but this has 
long since been passed. The land is 
green and the problems are huge, but a 
brave dedicated people are working 
hard to succeed and survive. The odds 
from the human viewpoint arc over- 
whelming, but Israel has met and won 
many a battle she was not expected to 
win. And in the good providence of 
God there are still some surprises left 
for her enemies. 

El Al Flight Number 023, a 747, 
rushed down the runway from Ben 
Gurion Airport and lifted into the late 
morning sunshine as the Mediterranean 
Sea came quickly into view and in 
moments disappeared into the dis- 
tance. The long day back to the States 
was filled with thoughts of the blood 
on the stretcher at Metulla, Installa- 
tion 109 looking down on Syria from 
the Golan, an Israel basketball victory 
over the Soviet Union, green hillsides, 
the smell of the markets and crowded 
streets of Old Jerusalem, the openness 
and the frankness of discussion from 
Hebrew University professors, the day 
at the Knesset and a thought voiced by 
an Israeli: "When the times of crises 
come and the decision is to be made, 
will you Americans trade Jewish blood 
for Arab oil to keep your cars run- 
ning?" The quietness of El Al Flight 
Number 023 with its jets pushing us 
homeward found one passenger with a 
hot tear running down his face saying: 
"God, what a cruel world we live in, 
and the decisions are so hard, and we 
have all made it this way because of 
what we are and do. Forgive us!" 

MAY 15, 1977 





Revival for Judaism 6 

My God Shall Supply 8 

They Need It, They Got It! ... 10 

Grace News Notes 14 

New Faculty Members 15 

Grace College Graduates 16 

Merit Mother 18 

BMH Newest News 20 

in the 

35 Years Ago- 1942 

A new church has been organ- 
ized in Mansfield, Ohio. Arthur 
Cashman has been working in this 
field for the past 18 months. . . . 
Dr. V. Raymond Edman. president 
of Wheaton College, was the 
speaker at the Middler-Senior Semi- 
nary (Grace) banquet. 


15 Years Ago- 1962 

A combined ordination service and 
dedication service took place at 
Davenport, Iowa. The ordination serv- 
ice was for Carl Key, pastor. . . . 
Ground breaking for a new Grace Col 
lege dormitory is reported. 

5 Years Ago- 197 2 

Ground breaking is scheduled for Huber 

Heights Brethren Church GROW 73 is 

announced with Dr. Wayne Beaver as co- 
ordinator. ... A new sanctuary is dedicated 
at Waynesboro, Pa. Wendell Kent, pastor. 

□ One more observation and this 
one isn't mine. It comes from a 
six-year-old girl— passed on by her 
mother. ". . . looked at the front 
cover picture on the March 1 issue 
of the Herald and noticed that the 
white man 'didn't have on any pants 
or underwear.' " 

Cover Photo: Debbie Keillor, a Grace College 
senior education major from Pontiac, Michigan, 
will be among those graduating this spring. Miss 
Keillor did her student teaching with second 
grade students at Jefferson Elementary School 
in Winona Lake, Indiana. For more information 
on Grace graduates and where they are em- 
ployed, see the article on page 16. (Photo by 
Terry White) 

Volume 39 Number 10 May 15,1977 

Published bimonthly by 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Printed by BMH Printing 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 


Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman 

Editorial Secretary 

Fern L. Sandy 

Subscription Secretary: Diane Evans 
IBM Composer: Omega Sandy 
Design & Layout Artist: Timothy Kennedy 

Departmental Editors: Christian Educa- 
tion: Knute Larson, James Long. Foreign 
Missions: Rev. John Zielasko, Marcia 
Wardell. Grace Schools: Dr. Homer A. 
Kent, Jr., Terry White. Home Missions: 
Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda Hoke 

The mother handed me the maga 
zine and I took another look. I re- 
membered seeing the picture but 
didn't pay much attention to the 
clothes. Now I remember what a 
missionary told me a few years ago. 
He said that when the pagans get 
converted they put on clothes, while 
the Americans take them off. Look 
how well those black men are 
clothed in that picture! 

Thanks again for your time. Maybe 
letters from readers help to make 
your job more interesting (or miser- 
able?)— Iowa 

They do. They do!-CWT 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at 
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Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 
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$5.50. Special rates to 

• To meet expanding needs tor the Sunday School of the 
Hope Grace Brethren of Dillsburg, Pa., arrangements 
have been made to move a mobile home shell adjacent to 
the church. The project will involve around $ 1 ,000. 

•There were 91 who received awards for faithful attend- 
ance in Sunday School at the First Brethren Church of 
Waynesboro, Pa. They had perfect attendance in 1976 or 
missed no more than twice. (Congratulations!) 

•Two exciting and challenging ministries are getting at- 
tention at the. First Brethren Church, Lanham, Md. Un- 
der consideration is a ministry to the deaf. Those inter- 
ested in the project met recently with Mr. Eli Savanich 
and were presented with pertinent facts regarding the 
situation. The other ministry that is being brought be- 
fore this group for prayerful examination is the need for 
a Christian Day School conducted by the church. 

•A 37-car caravan that included over 130 people moved 
from the temporary meeting facility for the Lehigh Val- 
ley Grace Brethren Church in a "Take Possession Cere- 
mony." Taking possession of their new facilities marked 
a realization of God's leading all the way. On May 14 the 
new facility was dedicated to the Lord and His work as 
Rev. James Custer brought the challenge to the local 
people. Pastor Ronald Guiles and the congregation look 
to the future with bright hopes in the Lord. 

'Annual changes: Mark Rhodes resigned the pastorate 
of the Grace Brethren Church of Hopewell, Pa., all mail 
for the church should be addressed to P.O. Box 45, Rid- 
dlesburg, Pa. 16672. . . . Waipio Grace Brethren Church, 
95-335 Waimakua Dr., Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786 (Tel. 
808/623-5313 / 623-2298) ... Robert Poirier, 5315 
Philadelphia Dr., Dayton, Ohio 45415 . . . Robert Cul- 
ver, R. R. 1, Houston, Minn. 55943 ... Aldo Hoyt, 
Quintana 353, 1846-Adrogue, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

•Waco, Tex. (EP)— Evangelist Billy Graham says the op- 
portunities for developing audio and video cassettes to 
expand his ministry led to his switching from his long- 
time publisher, Doubleday, to Word, Inc., here. 

Under the agreement, which was formally announced 
March 24, Word will publish the evangelist's future 
books and tapes. His next book, to be called How To Be 
Bom Again, is planned for this summer. Another, deal- 
ing with the Holy Spirit, will be published next year. 

•Miami (EP)— "They're going to have to come and get 
me to make me pay," Nina Kaufman told a reporter here 
after officials at Temple Beth David renewed a suit forc- 
ing her and husband, Richard, to pay $90 in back dues. 

"Religion's on trial here," Mrs. Kaufman told the 
court. "You're blackmailed. You can't enter the temple 
to praise God. I wasn't allowed to go in the synagogue 
during the High Holy Days unless I made that payment." 

The temple also sued 20 other families for nonpay- 
ment of pledged dues, but most have settled out of 

•"Hide It Under a Bushel, No!" Worthington Grace 
Brethren believe in letting the light shine, and they are 
doing this in numerous ways and in various places. A 
Bible study class has been started at the Ohio State Uni- 
versity campus area and meets each week. On Wednes- 
day evenings the student center at Otterbein College is 
the scene of a Bible study conducted by Pastors John 
Pappas and Dan Boulton. 

In Memory. 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

FAAS, Clare, 78, Mar. 5, a faithful member of Grace 
Brethren Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. G. W. Gilgan, 

HOLMES, Wallace, Mar. 4, a longtime member of South- 
gate Brethren Church and since its closing has been a 
member of Bellflower Brethren Church, Bellflower, 
Calif. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 

HOOVER, Robert, 54, Mar. 27, a faithful and serving 
member of First Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. Wil- 
liam Snell, pastor. 

KING, Merrill, 78, Feb. 21, a longtime member at the 
Peru Brethren Church, Peru, Ind. Mr. King also served on 
the Indiana District Mission Board for several years. 
James Marshall, pastor. 

LONG, Beulah, 60, Apr. 1 , a faithful member of First 
Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa. Richard Cornwell, 

LYLE, William (Nick), 67, Mar. 22, a faithful member of 
the Ghent Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va., for 44 years. 
One of his daughters (Margaret) is the wife of Rev. Fred 
Devan. M. Lee Myers, pastor. 

McCLURE, Monte, 56, Jan. 1, a faithful member of 
Grace Brethren Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. G. W. Gil- 
gan, pastor. 

MORRISON, Albert, Mar. 3, First Brethren Church, 
Wooster, Ohio. Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 
REEVES, Walter, Feb. 10, father of Mrs. Terry Shultz- 
man (missionary in CAE). First Brethren Church, Woos- 
ter, Ohio. Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 
SCHAEFFER, Elmira, 63, Mar. 6, a faithful member of 
First Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa. Richard Corn- 
well, pastor. 

SCHREPPLE, Anna, 89, Mar. 24, a member of First 
Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa. Roger Wambold, 

SELL, Anna, 93, First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 
Charles Martin, pastor. 

SIMMONS, Louis 64, Apr. 10, a member of the Ghent 
Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. M. Lee Myers, pastor. 
WYNN, Jesse, Mar. 18, First Brethren Church, Johns- 
town, Pa. Charles Martin, pastor. 

These are awesome and almost ter- 
rifying days in which we live. It is hard 
to believe that we have come so far 
and so fast down the road of immoral- 
ity. Can one deny the similarity to the 
days of Sodom and Gommorah? 
Bible-believing Christianity is con- 
cerned. Is Judaism? 

Copying Missionaries? 

Walking along Fairfax Avenue one 
afternoon my attention was drawn to 
a young Jewish man who was trying to 
hand out literature to passers-by. I was 
pleased someone was giving out the 
Word of God and was interested in 
knowing just what it was. "Are you 
Jewish?" he asked as I drew abreast of 
him with my hand outstretched. 

"No, but I believe that Jesus is Mes- 
siah," I answered. 

"I don't want to influence those of 
another faith," he said. Had I heard 
him correctly? Yes, those were his 

"I am a Gentile but my hope is in 
the Jewish Messiah," I tried to explain. 

"That's all right. I don't want to 
influence anyone of another belief," 
he said as he walked away. 

i could not figure out why I was 
being refused. So, following him I in- 

quired, "What organization are you 

"Lubavitch!" was the surprising an- 

"I would like to have some, any- 
way," I replied and reluctantly he gave 
me some literature. 


The Lubavitch is a very orthodox 
sect in Judaism, not only zealous 
themselves in observing their faith but 
concerned in encouraging all Jews to 
be more faithful to their religion. They 
are also active on the college cam- 

Religious Campaign! 

"An Urgent Call to World Jewry" 
was the title of one of the tracts. We 
Christians are not the only ones in- 
volved in a religious campaign. This 
one is worldwide. The "Mitzvah Cam- 
paign" was enjoining all Jews to the 
observance of five essential Bible pre- 
cepts, called "Mitzvot" (Command- 
ments). The special appeal given was 
that their observance had protective 
qualities that would provide security 
and protect the Jewish people in Israel 
and elsewhere from unexpected danger 

and harm. It could even turn foe to 

To bolster their "spiritual de- 
fenses," this is what the Jews were 
asked to do: Study TO RAH (five 
books of Moses) daily. Protection for 
observing his Mitzvah (Command- 
ment) according to Talmud (commen- 
tary of rabbis on Old Testament) 
(Sota, 21a) is "Torah shields and 
saves." Put on TEFFILLIN (called 
"phylacteries" in New Testament— are 
small boxes worn on forehead and 
arm, containing specific Scriptures) by 
all males thirteen years old and above. 
This observance instills awe and fear in 
those who would cause harm. This is 
based on rabbinical explanation of 
Talmud (Berachat 6): "And the 
nations of the world shall see the name 
of G - d is called upon you and they 
will be in awe of you." Give TZEDA- 
KAH (Charity). To encourage and 
facilitate giving, each Jewish home 
should have a charity box in a con- 
spicuous place. This because Talmud 
taught that lives of the poor and needy 
are thus sustained and therefore God 
will reward the giver and family by giv- 
ing protection in time of need. Have 
Holy books in the home; at least a 
Bible, Book of Psalms and Prayer book 


to remind that Torah and Mitzvot are 
"our life and the length of our days." 
AFFIX MEZUZAH (small boxes con- 
taining Deut. 6:4-9, 11:13-21) to 
doorposts in rooms in the home. Pro- 
tection is based on teaching from one 
of the mystical books, The Zohai; 
which applies to the Mezuzah Psalm, 
121:8. Also, the name of God associ- 
ated with the Mezuzah, Shaddai, is an 
acrostic for three Hebrew words mean- 
ing "Guarding of the doorways of 


Actually what they are asking is a 
"revival" for Judaism. As I perused the 
literature, I became aware of the lack 
of several very important needs. 
Though the Word of God had a place, 
it was the Talmud mostly that was 
quoted. No mention was made of Jews 
needing a right relationship with God 
or of sin. Where was the repentance 
and confession according to II Chroni- 
cles 7:14? Yet, when the Command- 
ments (Mitzvot) of God have been dis- 
regarded, this is sin. What of Messiah? 

No hope or thought of life after 
death is considered. All the "Profit" is 
for the present earthly life. The en- 
couragement to teach Jewish children 
the Torah is that they might know 
who they are as Jews, the beauty and 
value of Jewishness, and for survival of 
the Jewish people and community be- 
cause of the fear of assimilation and 

Also, what of the Gentile? No at- 
tempt at all to encourage non-Jews to 
seek the God of Abraham and His 
blessings. How different the worldwide 
campaign inaugurated by Israel's Mes- 
siah, Jesus Christ, according to Acts 
1:8, which is still being carried on to- 

In My House 

Just recently, I was surprised to 
note the Mezuzah on the doorposts of 
several rooms in the apartment into 
which I have recently moved. They 
had been painted over and so had es- 
caped detection, but they bare testi- 
mony that a previous tenant had been 
Jewish. As I see them I will be re- 
minded to pray for the "lost sheep of 
the house of Israel," that God's Word 
will be affixed in their hearts. And I 
will pray they will turn to Christ Jesus, 
Who said: "Search the scriptures; for 
in them ye think ye have eternal life: 

and they are they which testify of me" 
(John 5:29). 

In My Father's House 

One who had come to realize that 

she had broken the Mitzvot of God 
and needed a Saviour from her sins, 
was Eva Weitzncr. This Hungarian 
Jewess, who had endured the terrors 
of Auschwitz, had found in Messiah 
Jesus a new meaning to life. How she 
loved to study the Scriptures that tes- 
tified of Him. 

The last few years of her life were 
those of constant physical pain. De- 
cember 29, 1976, she went HOME, re- 
leased from all suffering. She had 
found that Security and Protection, 
that Jews need today. In song, the 
chorus I associate with her is "In My 
Father's House," which she introduced 
to our Shalom group. To her Jewish 
people and all peoples, she might say 
from her Father's House: 

"Come and Join me here 
In my Father's House . . . 
Where there's peace, peace, 

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Savings to Build Testimonies Sharing Christ until He Comes 

Box 587 WINONA LAKE, IND. 46590 

MAY 15, 1977 

When God Makes a Promise He 
Keeps It! When He says He will supply 
all our need, we can depend on it. 

Recounting God's faithfulness in 
supplying at Cumberland includes pro- 
vision for the rental of two meeting 
places before God, in a very wonderful 
and miraculous way, supplied the 
property and building for our congre- 
gation. For over three years we 
searched for property, but in God's 
time He supplied the need. Our loca- 
tion is one of the best in the area, if 
not the very best, and the price of the 
property was very reasonable for this 
part of the country. 

To see God supply every detail for 
the building, many times at a very sub- 
stantial savings to the congregation, 
was a heaven-sent blessing. To see the 
congregation working tirelessly to 
bring it to completion was an evidence 
of God's supply through His people. 

That part of God's supply is in the 
past Now to move to another area of 
His supply. People are really what it is 
all about. A church building might be 
ideally located and beautifully con- 
structed; but if people are not in- 
volved, it is all to no avail. 

God has taken the Cumberland con- 
gregation from less than 30 in 1968, 
the year the congregation was formed, 
to an average of 113 in the Sunday 
morning service in 1976. When Home 
Missions began helping in the work in 
1971 there were about 50 in the morn- 

My God 



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Michael Funderburg 

ing services. Although the average at- 
tendance was 113 in 1976, the pre- 
vious year's average had been 126 with 
a high attendance of 266 on Easter 
Sunday. What had happened at Cum- 
berland? The economy crisis was forc- 
ing an exodus of our families. 

About five years ago on door-to- 
door visitation we had the privilege of 
leading a young man to Christ. As he 
grew in the Lord he later became our 
Sunday School superintendent. Be- 
cause of the economic slump in this 
community he was forced to move out 

of our area. In the meantime a fine 
young Roman Catholic fellow who 
lived across from the pastor's home 
was born again and grew to the point 
of becoming the superintendent when 
the other superintendent had to move 
away. In the fall of 1975 this family 
had to move from Cumberland be- 
cause of an advancement with United 
Parcel Service. About that time a total 
of almost 30 faithful people in the 
church had to leave the area to find 
work or because of transfers. Our out- 
reach visitation was especially weak- 









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ened by these moves. 

Thinking of going self-supporting at 
a time like this created a similar feeling 
to a pilot who is taking off with the 
plane and one of his engines sputters a 
little: Thankful for the three engines 
that are running well but painfully 
conscious of the one that isn't. Ques- 
tions came into our minds: Can we 
really think of going self-supporting 
when we have experienced a loss over 
the past year? Should we ask the 
Council for another year of help be- 
fore we make the step? What if the 
economy continues to stay down? Are 
we doing something wrong? It seems 
that what we need is to exercise our 
faith in the promised provision of our 
almighty God. 

God has supplied the faith needed 
for our congregation to be willing to 
take the step of becoming a self- 
supporting church. With a steady 
growth in the church for a number of 
years followed by a "slump" last year 

it took real faith to say, "Yes, we will 
trust the Lord to supply the finances 
for us to be self-suporting by January 
of 1977." 

We are asking God to supply the 
workers to take places of leadership in 
the church, as well as supplying the 
material needs. He tells us to "Pray 
... the Lord of the harvest, that he 
would send forth labourers into his 
harvest." We're asking the Lord to give 
us eight families to be added to our 
fellowship by July of this year. 

We've come this far by faith, and 
the Lord has been so good in supply- 
ing our needs we have no reason to 
doubt His supply for the future. From 
the church's inception we have placed 
the emphasis on people instead of 
money, but the Lord has wonderfully 
provided for our finances, as well. We 
have encouraged our people to be in- 
terested in Foreign Missions, Home 
Missions, Grace Schools, and so forth, 
and to give to their support. And God 

has always provided our local needs. 
Sometimes our financial officers be- 
come a little nervous at the end of the 
month, but God has been good in sup- 
plying as He promised. 

Has God supplied since we took the 
step of faith? We can say, "Praise the 
Lord! He has supplied for the first 
quarter of our self-support." We've 
just completed the quarter and the 
Lord has brought in about $1.50 per 
service above our budgeted needs. 
That's pretty close but the Scripture 
says, "My God shall supply all your 
need...." Our NEEDS have been 

We're counting on God to supply 
the finances to support the work of the 
church here, the people to minister 
through the church, and the power to 
transform hundreds, in this community 
of 40,000, to become radiant testi- 
monies for Jesus Christ. After all, the 
abundant supply is ". . . according to 
his riches in glory by Christ Jesus!" 

MAY 15, 1977 

There is a loneliness in leadership 
that weighs heavily on those who wear 
the mantle. The pastoral ministry, 
more than any other, is faced with the 
self-diminishing erosion of constant 
exposure to the crisis winds of adver- 
sity. The pastor, in his role as shep- 
herd, is constantly ministering to the 
members of his flock in the moments 
of their most formidable experiences. 
Weeping with the bereaved in the 
moment of grief, sharing the sorrow 
with parents of the wayward child, 
keeping the lonely vigil at the bedside 
of a stricken friend, listening to the 
pathetic plea of a drunken father— the 
whimpering cry of a broken mother— 
the sobbing anguish of an embarrassed 
teenager. These are the threads out of 
which the fabric of the pastoral minis- 
try is woven. Of course, there is joy, 
blessing, and appreciation that adds 
the subtle color and design to the 
pattern but the great vicissitudes of 

life are the stuff out of which this high 
calling of God is made. 

Is it any wonder that the Apostle 
Paul, in a moment of personal contem- 
plation on the subject, cried out 
". . . Who is sufficient for these 
things?" And yet more amazing, per- 
haps, than the actual hardships them- 
selves is the fact that those so ordained 
rarely consider the possibility of giving 
up. These men of God stay doggedly 
at the task even when those whom 
they consider to be their closest 
friends forsake them and, on occasion, 
even despitefully use them. A survey 
of their ranks reveals that only a few 
rise to a place of prominence and pres- 
tige so coveted by those in other fields 
of endeavor. Most of these heroic men 
will serve out their lives in the shadow 
of obscurity with only an occasional 
star visible in the galaxy of ecclesiasti- 
cal accomplishments. Even though 
many of their names may be omitted 
from the glossy pages of America's 
Who's Who, Home Missions considers 

each pastor to be a celebrity in his 
own right. 

Each year the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council provides a special three- 
day Workshop during which it en- 
deavors to express its appreciation in a 
very practical way. Both in the East 
and in the West we gather together for 
a time of sharing and caring for the 
express purpose of making the load a 
little lighter for each missionary. If 
judged by the comments of those who 
have attended these annual confer- 
ences, we must conclude that we have 
been successful in our efforts to make 
possible an exchange of ideas, the 
learning of new techniques, the sharing 
of each other's burdens. What better 
way to get our priorities rearranged, 
our spirits lifted, our objectives clari- 
fied, than to listen to others who have 
been that way before? 

The schedule is carefully designed 
to present a blend of useful subjects 
ranging from the mundane matters of 
finance and the IRS to the exciting de- 
tails of how to make preaching simple 
but profound. Leading each session are 
those who have been uniquely fitted 


for their specific assignment. When 
dealing with issues that affect the 
eternal destiny of those for whom 
these men must one day give an ac- 
count, there is no place for the feeble 
comfort of theory but rather, it de- 
mands truth, tested and tried in the 
crucible of life. 

Hosting the Western Workshop, 
Pastor John Mayes and all the gracious 
folk from Community Grace Brethren 
Church of Whittier, California, went 
all-out to make it a memorable week. 
The ladies provided a culinary safari 
which included spicy enchiladas from 
south of the border, as well as delight- 
fully stuffed cabbage rolls so skillfully 
crafted they could easily have been 
judged superior by the most discrimi- 
nating Muscovian palate. The gift of 
hospitality was plainly in evidence 
throughout the week by the gracious 
acts of kindness extended the visiting 
pastors and their wives. 

Not to be outdone, the Grace 
Brethren Church of Columbus rolled 
out the red carpet for the second con- 
secutive year to provide a charming en- 

MAY 15, 1977 

Rev. Wm. H. Schaffer, Rev. Richard Cron, Rev. Edward Jackson 


vironment for the pastors in the East. 
Not a single missionary, exposed to 
the positive attitudes and challenging 
thinking of Pastor Jim Custer and his 
willing staff, could possibly return 
home without an expanded vision and 
renewed determination to excel for 
God. The sounds of remodeling from 
the great auditorium added a physical 
dimension to the total theme of 
"Church Growth." Touring the beauti- 
ful facilities of both the church and 
the adjacent school, and the constant 
barrage of questions concerning how 
such a program could be duplicated, 
promised that in another place and in 
another time there would be more 
churches like the host churches of this 
year's workshops. 

We shall not call the roll of all the 
friends of Home Missions who partici- 
pated in the Workshop sessions. Such 
an attempt would only increase the 
length of this article and would be 
comparable to listing all the blue- 
ribbon winners at the county fair- 
winners in every case— college presi- 

dent, banker, housewife, accountant, 
pastor, executive, and, even a friendly 
Baptist; all collaborating together to 
minister to an attentive audience. 

Joining with us to lend added em- 
phasis to this year's theme of "Church 
Growth" were the Board of Evangel- 
ism and the National Christian Edu- 
cation Board. Our thanks to these two 
organizations whose vision and con- 
cern for the local church made it pos- 
sible to enlist the able and provocative 
ministry of Dr. Win Arn, director of 
the Institute of American Church 

But the group to whom the credit 
really goes are the faithful men and 
women who "stand in the gap" . . . 
who "make up the hedge" . . . who, in 
spite of the adversity and ignominy of 
their task, are the faithful stewards of 
the mysteries of God. They know and 
understand full well the implications 
of Paul's word to the Corinthian 
Church when he said, "Not that we are 
sufficient of ourselves to think any- 
thing of ourselves, but our sufficiency 

David R. Grant, BHMC speaker on Accounting 

is of God." 

Not only are we proud of them but 
of each one who stands with them in 
their tireless efforts to extend the 
testimony of our Lord. It's great to be 
a part of this basic missionary task 
that has as its priority the establish- 
ment of new Brethren churches here at 



1977 National Conference 
August 12-19, Winona Lake, Indiana 

MAY 15. 1977 

The 1977 Grace Missionary Conference, held April 
12-15, featured missionaries Donald Hocking and 
James Nesbitt. Hocking is with the Brethren Foreign 
Missionary Society in the Central African Empire, 
and Nesbitt is a missionary in France currently work- 
ing on his Th.D. degree at Grace Theological Semi- 

Brent Wilcoxson, a junior from Fowler, Ind., was 
recently elected Grace College student body president 
for 1977-78. His vice president will be Bruce Barlow, 
a junior from Worthington, Ohio. Linda Porter from 
Pontiac, Mich., was elected secretary, and student 
body treasurer will be Terri Cron, a sophomore from 
Carmichael, Calif. Heading the social activities board 
will be Mike Yocum of Mishawaka, Ind., and chair- 
man of the Grace Missions in Action group will be 
Steve Beha of Coolville, Ohio. 

Doug Noll, honorable mention Ail-American in the 
NAIA and also All-Americ?n first-team NCCAA, led 
the Grace Lancers this year in statistics. Against Man- 
chester Noll scored 39 points and made 13 of 14 free 
throws against Goshen. For the season, he averaged 
26.2 points per game. 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Thurston, who direct the food services at 
Grace College, recently presented a "Hawaiian Spectacular" 
for the students. (Photo by Doug Conrad) 


A Living Memorial gift may be given to Grace College and Seminary, "In 
Memory of the Departed," thereby perpetuating the life of the loved one or 
friend through the lives of the students; or "In Honor of the Living" on such 
occasions as their birthday, wedding, anniversary, or other special event. An 
appropriate expression of "sympathy" or of "congratulations" will be sent 
without revealing the amount of the gift. Please give the full name and ad- 
dress of each person. 

Following are those who have been honored in recent months: 


In Memory of : 
Dr. Lloyd E. Fish 
Dr. Harold H. Etling 
Christian Sten 
Maurice Hearn 
William R. Lyle 
Myers Hess 
Raphael Fisher 

Mrs. Raymond (Thelma) Kettell 
Mrs. Thorn Rudcen 

Anton H. Sonnenhurg 

Given by : 

Dr. and Mrs. Richard E. Jeffreys 

P. Frederick Fogle 

Mr. and Mrs. Gwin W. Taylor 

Rev. and Mrs. Roy Snyder 

Mr. and Mrs. OdeU Minnix 

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Makofka 

Basore Road Grace Brethren Church, 

Dayton, Ohio 
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Andrew 
Grace Brethren Church 

Sunnyside, Washington 
Mrs. Louise Sonnenburg 


Grace professors Stephen Grill and Kenneth 
Taylor will be on sabbatical leaves for doctoral 
studies next year. Mr. Grill will be at Ball State Uni- 
versity in Indiana studying higher education and 
speech/drama. Mr. Taylor will pursue work in crimi- 
nology at Michigan State University. Mrs. Marilyn 
Yoder has received the degree Specialist in Education 
from Indiana University. 

"How Should We Then Live?"— a ten-episode film 
series focusing on the making of history from Roman 
Age to the present was shown on the Grace campus in 
mid-April. Written by, and featuring Dr. Francis 
Schaeffer, the films were sponsored by Grace Col- 
lege's student senate and the Grace Missions in Action 
group. A panel of faculty members responded to the 
films and directed discussion of the meetings, which 
were also open to the local public. 

Grace College sports camps open June 5 and run 
through August 12. Director Phil Hoskins said that in 
addition to basketball there will be tennis and soccer 
camps, and also one week has been set aside for girls 
basketball. Following is the camp schedule for the 

Basketball— high school boys, grades 9-12— June 
12-17 and July 31-August 5. Boys, grades 4-9-June 
5-10, June 19-24, June 26-July 1, July 10-15, and 
July 17-22. Girls, grades 4-12-July 3-8. 

Tennis-boys, grades 7-12— July 31-August 5. 
Grace Tennis Coach Don R. J. Cramer will be in 
charge of the tennis program. 

Soccer-boys, grades 4-12-August 7-12. Soccer 
Coach Tim Kenoyer will be heading the camp staff. 

Further information on the camps can be obtained 
by writing Phil Hoskins, Grace College, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. 

Grace College 
Adds Three Faculty Members 

Dr. Vance Yoder, academic dean of Grace 
College, recently announced the appoint- 
ment of three new faculty members in the 
college. Paul E. Milliman has been named as- 
sistant professor of music; D. Brent Sandy 
will become an instructor in Greek; and 
Barbara C. Woodring has been named asso- 
ciate professor of nursing. 

Milliman, currently a music teacher and 
band director at New Haven (Ind.) High 
School, holds the B.S. degree from Bob 
Jones University, the M.S. degree from In- 
diana State University, and has done addi- 
tional study at Indiana University-Fort 
Wayne and at Ball State University. He has 
been in his present teaching position for 20 
years. Prior to that he taught in the Green- 
ville, South Carolina, schools and in the Con- 
voy-Union schools, Convoy, Ohio. 

Milliman is a member of the American 
School Band Directors Association and the 
Northern Indiana School Band, Orchestra 
and Vocal Association. He is past president 
of the latter organization and is currently 
adjudicator chairman for that group. He is 
also treasurer of the Indiana State Solo and 
Ensemble Association. He and his wife, 
Ruth, are parents of five children. According 
to Prof. Donald Ogden, chairman of the col- 
lege music department, Milliman will have 
teaching responsibilities in music education, 
methods courses, and will conduct some of 
the school's instrumental ensembles. 

Sandy, who holds the B.A. degree from 

Grace College, the M.Div. degree from Grace 
Theological Seminary, and is currently a 
Ph.D. candidate at Duke University, Dur- 
ham, North Carolina, is the son of Rev. and 
Mrs. A. Rollin Sandy of Winona Lake, In- 
diana. He holds membership in the American 
Philological Association and the American 
Society of Papyrologists. Currently he is a 
graduate teaching fellow at Duke, and he has 
also done graduate work and been a teaching 
assistant at the State University of New 
York at Binghamton. 

Sandy is a member of the Sidney (Ind.) 
Grace Brethren Church where his father is 
pastor. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two 
children— Jason and Jaron. 

Mrs. Woodring, who will head the efforts 
to develop Grace College's nursing program, 
is currently associate professor of nursing at 
Community College of Allegheny County, 
Meadville (near Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania. 
She holds the R.N. diploma from the Union 
Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland; 
the B.S.N, degree from Grace College; an 
M.S. degree from St. Francis College; and 
the M.Ed, degree from Johns Hopkins Uni- 

She has been an instructor in medical- 
surgical nursing at hospitals and colleges in 
Maryland; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Washington, 
D.C.; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her hus- 
band, Richard, is a graduate of both Grace 
College and Grace Theological Seminary. 
Mrs. Woodring is a member of the First 
Brethren Church of Lanham, Maryland. 

MAY 15, 1977 

Grace College Graduates: 

Where do they go? What do they do? 
What do they earn? 



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This letter, typical of many going 
out from Grace College in recent days, 
signifies a new and growing service 
Grace offers to its graduates. Non- 
teacher placement services are being 
handled by Chaplain Lee Jenkins— the 

letter above went out from his office 
this past March. Teaching graduates, 
those with an education major or seek- 
ing a position in education, are han- 
dled by Dr. Bruce Alcorn of the educa- 
tion faculty. 

According to a report recently 
issued by Jenkins on the non-teaching 

liberal arts graduates who chose to 
have a placement file kept by the 
placement office, Grace graduates are 
having little trouble finding employ- 
ment. Of 25 recent graduates regis- 
tered with the office, for example, 
most were currently employed, al- 
though only 8 were working in the 
area of their major. Half of the gradu- 
ates were earning $5,000-$ 10,000. 


One-fifth were earning over $10,000 
while the remainder were under 

A sampling of the jobs Grace gradu- 
ates entered provides a wide variety. 
One is in sales work with computer 
supplies. Another is a commercial sur- 
vey representative for a telephone 
company. One is a secretary. Another 
is purchasing and production coordi- 
nator for a small manufacturing firm. 
One is a farmer. One is a hospital 
dietician. Another is an agent-broker 
for a life insurance company, while 
other positions filled include a drafts- 
man, carpenter, receptionist, book- 
keeper, auto body worker, and man- 
agement trainee with a savings and 
loan company. 

According to Jenkins, who was ap- 
pointed to the placement post in 
1975, some recruiters are now begin- 
ning to contact Grace regarding poten- 
tial employees. A program is underway 
to provide career counseling at the 
early stages of a college career. The 

freshmen, for example, receive a career 
motivation program, and an effort to 
counsel sophomores who have not yet 
declared majors is also made. 

Regarding teacher placement, Dr. 
Bruce Alcorn feels that Grace gradu- 
ates are extremely well accepted across 
the country. In public schools, of 
course, this situation is recently helped 
by Grace's achievement of regional ac- 
creditation. But an ever-expanding 
market also seems to be available for 
teaching graduates in Christian 

Results of a recent study conducted 
by Alcorn revealed the following facts: 

1. Public school teaching positions 
are not extremely plentiful. 

2. Christian school teaching is very 
much wide-open. 

3. Secondary school teachers who 
have both a teaching major and a 
teaching minor have a much 
higher chance of obtaining a 
position in a public school. 

4. Secondary school teachers in 

Christian schools need to be ver- 
5. The areas most in demand (in 
order) are: mathematics, science, 
art, English, business, and physi- 
cal education. 
Grace College last year received an- 
nouncement of 385 positions open in 
public and private schools, according 
to Alcorn. To meet these requests, 
Grace graduated a total of 44 teaching 
majors. Of these, some remained out 
of teaching and some went to graduate 
school, so a total of 32 went into 
teaching. Twenty-four of these found 
positions in Christian schools while 
eight went to public schools. 

In summary, it seems that em- 
ployers both in education and other 
fields are finding Grace College gradu- 
ates to be desirable employees. Fur- 
ther information on services available 
through the school may be obtained 
by contacting either Chaplain Lee 
Jenkins or Dr. Bruce Alcorn at Grace 
College, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Wrestling will be a self-supporting intercollegiate sport at Grace College next fall 
to wrestling coach Philip B. Jones. (Photo by Jeff Calenberg) 

Grace College 


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Wrestling will be an intercollegiate 
sport at Grace College next fall, ac- 
cording to wrestling coach Philip 
Jones, although the sport will be on a 
self-supporting basis. Operating thus 
far as a club, the wrestling team fin- 
ished the current year with 12 grap- 
plers on the squad. 

The team competed in regional 
meets and in the National Christian 
Collegiate Athletics Association which 
met this spring, and several wrestlers 
placed in the finals. 

Sophomore Craig Walker placed 
fourth in the nationals in the un- 

limited weight class in meets held at 
Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsyl- 
vania. Earlier, in regional meets at 
Olivet Nazarene College in Kankakee, 
Illinois, senior Rodger Toy placed 
third in the 158-pound class and Den- 
nis Duncan (freshman) and Craig Walk- 
er placed fourth. Duncan wrestled at 
177 pounds and Walker was in the un- 
limited classification. 

The team this year wrestled 12 dual 
meets and three tournaments. Accord- 
ing to Jones, who is also associate pro- 
fessor of Spanish in the college, the 
team's record was "less than spectacu- 
lar." He pointed out, however, that 
the team had only one senior this year, 
with most of the wrestlers being fresh- 
men and sophomores. 

According to Jones, the meet ex- 
periences this year provided some ex- 
cellent opportunities for Grace ath- 
letes to witness to athletes and coaches 
from other schools. "Our boys kept 
their cool and were an excellent testi- 
mony," he said. 

Funds to support the program 
come mainly from gifts and the selling 
of Turkey Tourney programs in the 
fall. There is currently a need for a 
new mat (approximately $4,000) or 
the refurbishing of the old one 
($1,500), according to Jones. 

MAY 15, 1977 

Indiana Chooses Mrs. Uphouse 
Merit Mother for 1977 

Mrs. Norman (Miriam) Uphouse, 
associate dean of students and assist- 
ant professor of guidance and counsel- 
ing at Grace College, has been chosen 
"Merit Mother of Indiana for 1977" 
and runner-up to Indiana's "Mother of 
the Year." The selection was made on 
the basis of references in four areas of 
contributions: educational, church, 
children, and civic affairs. 

Mrs. Uphouse, who has been full 
time at Grace since 1964, is the wife 
of Dr. Norman Uphouse, professor 
emeritus at Grace Schools. Originally 
from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
First Brethren Church, she is now a 
member of the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church in Winona Lake, Indiana. Her 
background includes seven years as 
editor of the women's section of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald, director 
of vacation Bible schools, and she was 
a home missions pastor's wife in Win- 
chester, Virginia, and Dayton, Ohio. 

Mrs. Uphouse received her bache- 
lor's degree from Grace College and 
her M.S. degree in guidance and coun- 
seling from St. Francis College in Fort 

Wayne. She is the past president of 
the National Christian Association of 
Deans of Women, and is in much de- 
mand as a popular speaker for civic, 
educational and religious groups. 

Her family includes three daugh- 
ters: Deborah Uphouse Wingard, who 
is director of athletics and health for 
the Daytona Beach, Florida, YWCA; 
Johanna Uphouse Seibert, an elemen- 
tary school teacher and homemaker in 
Bellflower, California; and Abigail Up- 
house Nahrwold, who is working at 
Indiana University-Purdue in Fort 
Wayne, Indiana. 

Mrs. Uphouse is a graduate of Phila- 
delphia College of Bible and the Kirk- 
man School of Practical Nursing in 
Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is active 
in community affairs, in the Winona 
Lake Brethren Church, and in profes- 
sional organizations related to her 
work, such as the American Red 
Cross, Altrusa Club, and the American 
Association of University Women. 

Sponsoring organization for Mrs. 
Uphouse's nomination was the Grace 
College Women's Club. 



- 1976 Top 







Amount Given 

Winona Lake Brethren Church 
Winona Lake, Indiana 

Charles Ashman 


First Brethren Church 
Long Beach, California 

David Hocking 


First Brethren Church 
Wooster, Ohio 

Kenneth Ashman 


First Brethren Church 
Dayton, Ohio 

Forrest Jackson 


West Homer Brethren Churc 
Homerville, Ohio 


Robert Holmes 



First Brethren Church 
Kittanning, Pennsylvania 

Richard Cornwell 



Penn Valley Grace Brethren 
Telford, Pennsylvania 


Robert Griffith 



Community Grace Brethren 
Warsaw, Indiana 


Michael Rockafell 

ow $ 


First Brethren Church 
Winchester, Virginia 

Paul Dick 



Grace Brethren Church 
Fremont, Ohio 

Ward Tressler 



First Brethren Church 
Martinsburg, Pennsylvania 

William Snell 



Grace Brethren Church 
Waterloo, Iowa 

John Burke 



Grace Brethren Church 
Canton, Ohio 

Richard Grant 



First Brethren Church 
Rittman, Ohio 

Robert Russell 



Grace Brethren Church 
Hagerstown, Maryland 

Robert Collitt 



First Brethren Church 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Roger Wambold 



First Brethren Church 
Fort Wayne, Indiana 

Galen Lingenfelte 



Grace Brethren Church 
Ashland, Ohio 

Knute Larson 



Grace Brethren Church 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 

David Fath 



Grace Brethren Church of C 
Worthington, Ohio 


James Custer 



Top Twenty Total Giving $ 1 75,889 

FGBC Total Giving $343,963 

(The Top Twenty gave 57 pen cut of the FGBC total giving for 1976.) 

MAY 15, 1977 

BMH Newest News 

There are now 755,000 copies of the Grow tract 
"Life's Most Important Question," in print, and 
currently about 75 percent of the tracts are sold 
outside of the Brethren Fellowship. 

Rev. and Mrs. Lynn Schrock will be going to Argen- 
tina for the summer months along with the young 
people in the TIME program. 

The Peru Brethren Church rejoiced as 17 members 
were received into the local church on Sunday 
Apr, 17. 

A challenging goal has been set for the First Breth- 
ren at Johnstown, Pa. , as they receive support of- 
ferings for Jim Haller, a TIME missionary looking 
toward service in France this summer. Jim's father, 
Rev. Wesley Haller, was formerly pastor at First 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

The pastor at First Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif., Dr. David Hocking, will be 
in the Orient May 23 through June 11 for various speaking engagements. 

Excellent Easter attendances in several of the Ohio Brethren Churches were listed 
as follows: Centerville, 100; Englewood, 206; Dayton (First), 392; Huber Heights, 
346; North Riverdale, 200; Patterson Park, 376; Union, 287; Vandalia, 126; Wor- 
thington, 2,988. 

Rev. Larry Wedertz has resigned as superintendent at the Navajo Mission effective 
in June. 

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (EP) — Invited by a predominantly black ministers' group to preach 
in the community where he lives, Billy Graham held a March 23-27 evangelistic out- 
reach in Asheville, N.C, which was attended by 51,200 people of whom 1,342 re- 
sponded to the invitation to receive Jesus Christ. 

The Faith Once for All Delivered Unto the Saints , by L. S. Bauman, has just been 
reprinted by the Herald Co. It is priced at $2.50. Church quantity orders for 
50 or more copies will be priced at $2.25 per copy. Order from the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Co., P. 0. Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

The record attendance for Sunday morning worship services totaled 3,374 at First 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

NEW YORK (EP) — The interreligious Appeal of Conscience Foundation has received 
permission from the USSR to ship 10,000 copies of the Five Books of Moses (Pen- 
tateuch) as a gift to Soviet Jews. 

Foundation officials said the books will be airmailed to make them available to 
the Soviet Jewish community for Shevuot, the festival of Pentecost (May 23-24) 
commemorating the revelation of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. 





JUNE 1, 1977 

A Father's Day Meditation 
(see page 2) 

Reflections By Still Waters 

A Father's Day Meditation 


the oatmeal is 
a little lumpy today. 

Charles W. Turner 

There are no stars opposite my 
name for being an outstanding house- 
keeper. However, neither do I get an 
'F' on my report card, because I do 
faithfully— most of the time— hang up 
my suit each night. I also seek to put 
my shoes in the closet, though the ar- 
rangement may not be outstanding, 
and I have even been known on occa- 
sions to empty the wastebaskets. 
Regularly I put out the trash each 
Monday evening for the early Tuesday 
pickup. But the whole field or voca- 
tion of housekeeping is something I 
would not seek out with a fervent 

Nevertheless, duty I will not shirk 
when it falls my lot to tend the home 
fires. Such a happening did occur re- 
cently when my wife went to visit her 
mother in Florida. That left three of 
us at home to fill the daily tasks of 
one mother and wife, and it just was 
not easy to do. But no job is impos- 
sible with the proper dedication and 
positive outlook, so we said to June, 
"Don't worry, we can handle it with- 
out any trouble." The "we" happened 
to be our son, Jeff, 1 7; our dog, Buffy, 
1 1 ; and me . . . (middle-aged). So she 
gave us all a knowing smile and a 
friendly kiss and flew off into the 
friendly skies of United. 

Jeff and I had a "family" council 
and decided I would face the morning 
problems: get up, let the dog out, and 
get the hot cereal ready. So on the 
first morning while the pre-measured 
water was boiling, I got the dog food 
out for Buffy, set the table, and men- 

tioned casually to Jeff it was time to 
get up. By this time I remembered I 
had forgotten about the toast and the 
half-priced margarine was still in the 
refrigerator, much too hard to spread. 
The water was boiling over, the dog 
was barking for her food, and Jeff was 
still in bed, and I was not stirring the 
oatmeal like the directions clearly 
ordered. But I remembered the great 
"possibility thinker," Rev. Robert 
Schuller, and I just knew I could make 

After several mornings of this frus- 
trating activity I really needed help. 
Then as the alarm sounded on the 
fourth morning I remembered the 
words of another television preacher. 
In my hazy state the words came 
through— "Something good is going to 
happen to you TODAY." It did . . . 
when my son took one spoonful of the 
hot cereal and remarked: "Dad, the 
oatmeal is a little lumpy today." I 
smiled and admitted he had made a 
very accurate appraisal for so early in 
the morning. But I felt pleased when 
he went ahead and ate it as if Mother 
had prepared it. 

They say a father and daughter re- 
lationship is very special. That is prob- 
ably true and I would not deny it, but 
God in His foreknowledge knew I 
would spoil a daughter so He did not 
grant this request He did give a son to 
us though, and there are times when 
the four of us are pressed a bit to 
understand each of our rights and re- 
sponsibilities. To be able to compre- 
hend the areas of love and social con- 

cern is not easy at times. We do not 
always see eye to eye on fashions and 
styles, and the only one I can really 
afford to dress properly is Buffy and 
she has not asked for a new fur coat 
now in 1 1 years. 

It would be unusual if there were 
no problems to face in family circles; 
if we (Dad and everyone else) could 
agree on a yes or no at the same time. 
But that is not the way it happens— 
remember the saying— "Please be 
patient with us. God is not finished 
with us yet." 

But we are a family that God saw 
fit to bring together. There is a dad 
and a mom and a teen-ager and a lot of 
sweet memories. There are thoughts of 
little sneakers and tricycles, and little 
cars that went "vroom-vroom," and of 
late there are sketches of writing on 
my checkbook that tell of an ortho- 
dontist and also a huge jump in my car 
insurance due to the new driver in the 
family. But they all tell a love story 
where we learn to laugh and cry with 
each other. And to the question of 
why three people and one cocker-poo 
would all end up under the same roof, 
there is an answer. I know why— 
because that is the way God wanted it. 

To the Christian there is a special 
reason for meditating upon Father's 
Day. It should be a day like Mother's 
Day and all those other special times 
when we are urged to count our bless- 
ings. These are also times to consider 
and really think about our Heavenly 
Father's goodness and faithfulness to 
us as His children. 



France Folio 4 

A Bridge 6 

Director Speaks 8 

The Battle of Carnot 10 

BMH News Summary 12 

It's Growing!!! 13 

BMH Newest News 14 

Christian Education 15 

The Total Woman 16 

Shaping the Child 20 

WMC Reading Circle 22 



Cover Photo: The peaceful scene of a father 
and son fishing reminds us that Father's Day 
will be observed Sunday, June 19. (Photo by 
H. Armstrong Roberts) 

in the 

35 Years Ago- 1942 

Prayer was requested for Rev. 
and Mrs. OrviLle Jobson some 
where in the Mid-Atlantic on the 
S.S. Besholt. . . . During evangel 
istic meetings at Buena Vista, Va., 
63 decisions were made— R. Paul 
Miller, evangelist. . . . "Tithe Your 
Gas and Tires" by using one-tenth of 
the miles for the Lord. This was a sug- 
gestion for those who desired to at- 
tend national conference. 


Volume 39 Number 1 1 June 1,1977 

Published bimonthly by 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Printed by BMH Printing 

Production Manager, Bruce Bnckel 

15 Years Ago- 1962 

Dr. Raymond Gingrich announced his 
resignation as pastor of the Fairlawn 
Brethren Church of Akron. . . . Mrs. Iva 
Kolb, faithful worker in the Philadelphia, 
Pa., church went to be with the 
Lord. . . . Records were broken at the 
Easter Services in Sunnyside, Washington, 
with 374 in attendance— Pastor H. Leslie 
Moore reports. 

5 Years Ago- 1972 

Pastor Molekpo of Yaloke, CAR, is a visitor to 
the United States and will be visiting churches 
and national conference. ... A new parsonage 
has been purchased at Fort Myers, Fla., and 
Randall Poyner has been called as asso- 
ciate. . . . TIME program adds a cycling group 
called "The Spokesmen," including: Len Black 
stone, David Rodgers, Lonnie Skiles, Bob Foote, 
Rick Brundage, John Ahrendt, Randy Kettering and 
Bill Katip. 


The months of June and July 
have traditionally been set aside as 
the time for offering emphasis 
throughout the Fellowship of the 
Grace Brethren Churches for the 
Herald Co. This year we again re- 
joice that God has met our needs. 
We have completed another 
record year of growth. More BMH 
Books have been distributed than 
ever before, the Print Shop has 
worked overtime every week of the 
year, and new opportunities keep 
coming to us. We began 1976 by 
purchasing one new press and ended 
the year by buying still another. 
You have probably heard that we 
have purchased eight acres of land 
on the edge of the town of Winona 
for future expansion. We are looking 
forward hopefully to 1977 bringing 
us our first year when income 
reaches $1,000,000. 

We need your help to have funds 
to add to inventories, purchase ad- 
ditional equipment, and to pay for 
the presses we have already pur- 
chased. Our goal is a rather modest 
$65,000 for the year. So will you 
join as we prayerfully buy up the 
opportunities while they are still 
here. The need for your help is 
great. We know you will give your 
support as you have in times past. 


Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman 

Editorial Secretary 

Fern L. Sandy 

Subscription Secretary: Diane Evans 
IBM Composer: Omega Sandy 
Design & Layout Artist: Timothy Kennedy 

Departmental Editors: Christian Educa- 
tion: Knute Larson, James Long. Foreign 
Missions: Rev. John Zielasko, Marcia 
Wardell. Grace Schools: Dr. Homer A. 
Kent, Jr., Terry White. Home Missions: 
Dr. Lester Pifer. WMC: Linda Hoke 

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Chalon, France, where David and Cheryl 
Shargel are engaged in a ministry of evangel- 
ism and church planting. Like other wives, 
Mrs. Shargel has heard (too often), "Oh, how 
fortunate, you don't work\" To document 
her "on-the-job activities" she has prepared a 
"Job Description" which is presented to you 
by pictures and text in this photo-article. 

rs. David Shargel 

"Me" is important! The missionary wife is to be a living 
example of Christ's love— she must make time in her busy 
schedule for herself: for rest, relaxation, exercise, creativi- 
ty, and spiritual refreshment. 

Wife! If you can find a truly good wife, she is worth 
more than precious gems (Prov. 31, LB). The missionary 
wife again sets the example of submission, cooperation, af- 
fection, and love— living all these before the watching 

Mother, or maman, or "Mom" to 
my two bilingual children. As the 
Creator has formed them, so they can 
create . . . with lots of time and as 
much patience as I can find in my 
reservoir! I have a rich ministry devel- 
oping further their strong points and 
working on their weak points, as in my 
ministry with others. But with my 
children I go further: I am their 
"tutor," teaching them subjects 
slighted in school here, like Bible, cre- 
ative art, music, personal self-worth 
and acceptance, English, a Christian 
system of values, self-discipline . . . 
and how to live in a foreign country 
(to them, this means getting along 
without bubble gum!). 

Housewife or Homemaker, or both? House- 
lold tasks may vary some in a foreign culture, 
lut they don't disappear! MK's get their jeans 
lirty, walk with muddy feet across just-mopped 
loors, wear holes in elbows and knees, and are 
ungry morning, noon, and night— and in be- 
ween! In France there is added tight economiz- 
ig in cooking, much sewing, and home deco- 
ding (including upholstering the headboards 
f this old bed and refinishing a buffet). 

The ministry of "Helps": counseling, visiting, being 
available and willing to help in a variety of ways: driving 
a girl to work at 5 a.m., when her motorbike won't start; 
doing a single guy's laundry; baking a cake for a sick 
friend; taking flowers to a Christian in need; babysitting 
for a new Christian so she can get much-needed 
rest. . . . And it's so nice when the table turns and those 
who were "helped" help me when I need it. Haven't 
they (and I) thus learned something? 

Mrs. Hostess— I operate in three "theaters of 
action": 1) entertaining at the Chateau (especially 
in directing the preparation of meals for the re- 
gional church weekend); 2) hospitality in our 
home to Christians and encouraging reciprocity in 
the homes of others; 3) "Way of Life" witnessing, 
inviting to our table folks with whom we can share 
not only food but the "Bread of Life." 

Sociologist— a big word, simply meaning that I have 
to bridge the gap between two cultures, for myself and 
for my family: dressing French, and then, just before 
furlough, adapting our wardrobes on a shoestring; appre- 
ciating and teaching my family to appreciate French 
customs; finding and conserving strong points in both 
cultures (as here, in this old and precious manger scene 
at the home of our neighbors). 







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Musicologist— Pianist/organist for church services in Chalon 
and at the Chateau, teaching new songs, editing a new Chateau 
songbook— being willing to use the God-given talent as He wants, 
which might or might not correspond directly with my own ambi- 

A Bridge 

Pastor Jean Noatemo in younger days 

liss Ruth Snyder 

The past and the future cannot 
meet; yet, sometimes God builds a 
bridge from one to the other. Such a 
bridge was Jean Noatemo. The past 
was the vast, unknown interior of 
Africa with its savage tribes. The fu- 
ture is yet unknown to us. But Jean 
Noatemo has a place in both past and 

At an unknown date, oppressed 
tribes from the east left their ancestral 
homes and scattered in the mountains 
and savannas of Central Africa. In 
those well-nigh inaccessible regions, 
the relocated peoples dwelt in com- 
plete isolation. Their descendants 
knew little, and cared not at all, about 
the regions beyond their range of 
knowledge. The outside world knew 
only that Africa was wide, and with- 
out doubt there were people in those 
unknown regions. But the world was 
busy with progress, so Africa was un- 

Unknown to all but God. Toward 
the end of this era, God was doing a 
special work. A boy was born among 
the Karre tribe. The site of the village 
of his birth is forgotten, for later it 
was moved along the new automobile 
road. But the name of the chief re- 
mains. He was Palapala. While this boy 
was growing to manhood, God was 
working in the hearts of three young 

people in the U.S.A. James Gribble 
and his wife and Miss Estella Myers 
were hearing that wooing voice which 
has called through the centuries, 
"Whom shall I send?" "Here am I," 
they answered. God heard them and 
sent them directly to that young sav- 

In March 1921 the paths of James 
Gribble and Jean Noatemo met in the 
village of Palapala. What drew Mr. 
Gribble's attention to this one young 
man? Surely it was the hand of God. 
No doubt other bright young men 
would have been happy to find em- 
ployment in the household of a white 
man; was not this the path to riches? 
Noatemo was to be enriched in a way 
he could never have dreamed when Mr. 
Gribble sent him to Carnot to teach 
the Karre language to Dr. Gribble and 
Miss Myers. 

The three pioneers and the young 
man from the bush. None could know 
that Noatemo would see the day when 
the tired bodies of each of the three 
pioneers were laid to rest on Bassai hill 
while he himself was spared to preach 
the Gospel for long, weary years. 

Leaving his tribal territory, No- 
atemo went to Carnot There on the 
veranda of a little mud house, he 
taught the two ladies. In May 1921 
they wrote of a vocabulary of 600 

words. The ladies had only praise for 
the faithfulness of their teacher. 

The journey from Karre Land to 
Carnot had enlarged Noatemo's world. 
But that world grew even larger. It be- 
came necessary for Miss Myers to go to 
Brazzaville. Dr. Gribble and her little 
daughter, who were leaving for fur- 
lough, needed the help of Miss Myers 
along the road. Noatemo was selected 
to go with Miss Myers to help her. 
How big the world is! It was June 
when they left Carnot— December 
when they returned to Bangui. On De- 
cember 31 Noatemo was back in Karre 
Land at the newly opened mission 
station at Bassai. Less than a year had 
passed since he left home. Now he was 

In February 1922 James Gribble 
wrote: "He (Noatemo), although not 
yet converted, has told his village 
much of the Gospel, and refuses to 
take part in the dances and to do 
many other evil things. Doubtless, here 
is another African who ... is in a 
storm center and must be prayed 

Just when Noatemo turned to 
Christ, we do not know. Perhaps there 
was no dramatic experience in his con- 
version, but a gradual changing of his 
heart until he realized that he was 
Christ's man. The first we heard of his 


praying and preaching was as he trav- 
eled the paths of Karre Land with Miss 
Myers. One day on these travels they 
were working in a little chapel when a 
fierce storm broke upon them. It was 
impossible to continue the teaching. 
Suddenly a flash of lightning and a 
crash of thunder exceeding all before 
set their hearts to pounding. The 
people in the village began screaming 
and running in the storm. The light- 
ning had killed five children. Just a 
few weeks before these five had ac- 
cepted Christ and removed the charms 
from their bodies. Now they were 
dead. Miss Myers suggested that the 
howling mob be invited into the 
chapel and that fires be built to warm 

Did not the white lady know that if 
the body of someone struck by light- 
ning is carried into a house, all who are 
in it will also be struck? And did she 
not know that if a stranger went near 
the body of the one struck dead, he 
too would be struck? No, the white 
lady did not know it, but Noatemo 
did. Yet the seed of faith planted in 
his heart was growing, so suppressing 
his fears he carried out the orders of 
the white lady. The mob poured into 
the chapel; the dead children were 
carried in. Now Noatemo showed what 
was in his heart 

When the five bodies were carried 
in, Miss Myers saw that they were not 
dead. She quickly arranged them on 
the ground and started artificial respi- 
ration (which thing she had never wit- 

nessed). As she worked, Jean Noatemo 
stood by her side and prayed before 
his fellow tribesmen. The lightning 
struck at 9 a.m. At 1 1 :00 the children 
began to revive. Then Jean Noatemo 
(dear Jean) opened his mouth and 
preached the Gospel to the marveling 
crowd. At 3 p.m. the children were 
carried to their homes. That was the 
beginning of Noatemo's service for the 

Noatemo was ordained an elder in 
December 1933. A little more than 12 
years had passed since he first heard 
the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God 
granted him 43 years to carry the 
precious name of Jesus the length and 
breadth of Karre Land. A faithful pas- 
tor for 43 years. A boy from the un- 
known heartland of Africa! 

Not all the days of Noatemo's serv- 
ice were as dramatic as that early day. 
Most days were hard, monotonous, 
long. The old footpaths gave way to 
the public roads. But even these roads 
are fatiguing for travelers, and especial- 
ly so for those who travel on foot or 
by bicycle. During the years of his 
service Noatemo knew many sorrows. 
Beloved fellow workers were, one by 
one, called from his side. The pioneers 
who had taught him the name of Jesus 
all fell asleep. There were no children 
born in his house to follow in his foot- 
steps. Thus he passed the most severe 
trial an African can be called on to 
endure, for childlessness means a lack 
of life in the future. But Noatemo had 
learned about a better life. He was 
called upon to see promising young 

fellow workers turn their backs to 
Jesus Christ to enter the service of the 
world. Years and trials caused his body 
to grow old and tired. His eyesight 
nearly failed. Only God knows how 
many tears His beloved servant shed as 
he carried the message of salvation 
from village to village. But God did 
see, God numbered his wanderings, 
God put his tears into His bottle, God 
wrote it in His book. 

Did Noatemo go to Carnot to be- 
come rich or important? If so, the goal 
is accomplished. The book of his life is 
closed, and he has entered into his 

Central Africa is no longer terra in- 
cognita to the wide world. The interior 
peoples no longer live in isolation. One 
man's lifetime spanned all the changes. 
Come what may, the future will never 
become like the past Being of the 
past, Noatemo offered to his people a 
future of freedom in Christ Jesus. 
When a road is abandoned, its bridges 
fall into disrepair. The smiling old 
man, nearly blind for years, has left us. 
We shed our tears while his beloved 
people sang "We are traveling to our 
home." Their tears fell, too, as we 
gathered on the hillside where we laid 
the worn-out old frame. 

All of us there by the graveside 
knew that an era has passed. The 
bridge from the past is gone. Only the 
future remains, yet Jean Noatemo will 
have his part in that future for he has 
been faithful in the work God gave to 
him to do. 

Thank You, Father, 

for Jean Noatemo. 

JUNE 1, 1977 

Speaks to 

Yaloke Schools 

Namsene Elie, the director, is third from right 

(FMS editor's note: Mr. and Mrs. 
jean-Louis Steudler, who were a vital 
part of the Brethren schools at Yaloke, 
Central African Empire, for 18 years, 
are now living and working back in 
their native Switzerland. The new 
director of the Yaloke schools is 
Namsene Elie, an African. When the 
Steudlers received a copy of the mes- 
sage given by the new director on 
opening day last fall, they felt that 
readers of the Missionary Herald 
would be interested in it. Therefore, 
they sent it to Mrs. Floyd Taber, re- 
tired missionary, who has translated 
the message from French into Eng- 

To the readers of the Missionary 

From the founding of the James 
Gribble High School in 1960, we know 
that the readers of the Missionary 
Herald have always been interested in 
its work. 

We have just received the text of 
the speech made on the opening day 
of school by the new director, Nam- 
sene Elie. This Central African, who 
has lived 12 years at Yaloke— first of 
all as a student of the high school, 
then as a student of the School of 
Theology, and finally as a teacher in 
the high school— has had the time to 
be well trained. We believe that, with 
the help of God, and with the help of 

the other teachers, he will be able to 
carry on the work which the Lord 
asked us to begin. 

The school year began with 162 
students, 24 of whom were girls. We 
thank all the readers of the Missionary 
Herald for continuing to pray for this 
institution, that it may be used above 
all else to make known the Lord to 
these young boys and girls who will 
have an important role to play as 
Christians in their country.— Colette 
and Jean- Louis Steudler 

On this happy occasion which 
brings us together once again in this 
hall, permit me to take the floor to 
thank our Lord, the Almighty, the 
Merciful One. For no one is ignorant 
of the fact that with the definitive and 
moving departure of our dear "par- 
ents," pioneers and pillars of the 
James Gribble Evangelical High School 
of Yaloke-I speak of Mr. and Mrs. 
Steudler— all of us have contemplated 
with skepticism and perplexity the 
continuity of the Yaloke institution. 

All of us are certain that it is not in 
vain that the Scriptures say: "... I say 
to you, if this plan or work should be 
of men, it will be destroyed. But if it is 
of God, you will not be able to de- 
stroy it Don't run the risk of having 
fought against God." 

It is with filial pride and a signal 


honor for me, coming (as I have) out 
of the Evangelical High School of 
Yaloke, one of the multiple fruits of 
the hard years of work of Mr. and Mrs. 
Steudler in the Central African Em- 
pire, to take up the responsibilities of 
the directorship for the continuity of 
the work undertaken by these well- 
enlightened, compassionate parents, 
always concerned for the education of 
the African in general and of the 
young Central African in particular. 

Allow me to remind you of the 
adage which says: "To give some fish 
to someone is to nourish him for a 
time. But to teach him to fish is to 
nourish him all his life." These dear 
parents taught us to fish. They are no 
longer here. Ours is the fishing rod and 
the hook. The Scripture says, "Render 
honor to whom honor is due." There- 
fore, let us be considered worthy of 
double honor. They have reached the 
end of their mission in the Central 
African Empire, but not here below. 
Thus I send out to you a solemn ap- 
peal that, during your sojourn here, 
you may not cease to pray for them, 
for they have need of your prayers. 

Do not forget to pray for your 
former teachers who are at present in 
Europe: Mr. Geiser, Mr. Cazes, Paul 
Biancheri, and Richard Daiber; also, 
Mr. and Mrs. Waridel in South Ameri- 
ca— who. continue to live in spirit here 
with us at Yaloke. Think also of these 
who are on furlough in America: the 
Padens and Miss Carol Mensinger, who 
expect to come back again to continue 
helping us to get our education. 

The administrative authorities of 
Yaloke: the evangelical coeducational 
high school of Yaloke is aware of you, 
and thanks you for your presence here 
today, and for your gracious contri- 
bution of which it was the object. The 
teaching staff and the student body 
have confidence in you, beginning first 
of all with the father of the nation, 
President of the Council of the Revo- 
lution, His Excellency the Marshal 
Jean-Bedel Bokassa, always concerned 
for the well-being of his people. 

Dear students, your teachers are 
first of all servants of God, and 
secondly, yours. Thus the educational 
system here is based on its principal 
means, namely, discipline, study, 
moral example, and religion, in order 
to avoid any education lacking in es- 
sential parts. Rest assured of their sup- 
port and protection, for they will 
show themselves to be your secondary 
parents during the time of your 

I could not finish without calling to 
mind the noble work of our mission- 
ary parents, who are active and fruit- 
ful. For the work of the education of 
the young Central African which they 
have undertaken will always remain an 
indelible memory. Thereupon I invite 
Mr. Mensinger to be our faithful inter- 
preter to the Mission, to thank it for 
its gracious assistance— technical, 
material, and practical— with which it 
has always known how to endow us 
for the effective carrying out of our 
work, and to make known to them the 
little difficulties which still hinder our 
progress, especially in the area of stu- 
dent rent and food— which problems 
weigh on our hearts. 

In closing, let me present to you 
those who make up the teaching staff 
for the school year 1976-77. Here are 
the fellow laborers for the develop- 
ment of our beloved country for the 
glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. I thank 
you.— Nam sen e Elie 

Namsene Elie, the new director, is at the right in the back row. Mrs. 
Steudler at left. 

JUNE 1, 1977 

The Battle of earnot 

(FMS editor's note: Not long before 
her death 20 years ago, pioneer mis- 
sionary Miss Est el la Myers wrote a 
series of articles dealing with the estab- 
lishment of the Brethren mission in 
Africa. This installment, the sixth in 
the series, is reprinted from the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald for May 5, 

Miss Estella Myers 

The house in the mango grove which the 
administrator built for the missionary party 

The siege of Brazzaville was over 
and the battle at Carnot was to begin. 
Carnot also was an old battlefield of 
the First World War and all the build- 
ings were in ruins. A commercial man 
offered us a place of abode in several 
of his storerooms, built in a row. The 
windows were barred and the doors 
bolted, but every night we could hear 
the breathing of the leopards as they 
roamed around the house and 
scratched on the doors. Two watch- 
men who guarded the store at night let 
the fire go out on one occasion, and a 
leopard attacked one of the men. We 
heard his cries and were able to rescue 

Sometimes witch doctors wore 
leopard skins, and walked on all fours 
to visit chicken and goat houses, in- 
tending to steal. One night we heard 
chickens making a noise nearby. The 
owner went out with a gun. A native 
stood up, saying, "Do not shoot me!" 
The owner asked, "Why are you 

Yes, we were in the midst of the 
Baya tribe, known to be cannibals, 
liars, and thieves. I quote from a letter 
I wrote to my mother at that time: 

"The witch doctors, with their de- 
ceiving ways, cause much trouble. At 

present there are two of them here in 
prison for killing 22 people in their vil- 
lage with poison. The only experience 
with them that I have had was one day 
while I was preaching to a crowd. This 
medicine man left the gathering, then 
soon returned with a knife in his hand, 
and came toward me, drawing the 
knife out of its sheath. I did not move, 
only breathed a prayer for grace. When 
several feet from me, the witch doctor 
dropped the knife, and then gave me 
his hand, saying 'Unimo' (greeting in 
Baya). I returned the greeting. He 
went away, out of the crowd, and I 
continued to talk to the people. The 
witch doctors surely have the power of 
the devil. And, since the devil's power 
is great, these witch doctors have con- 
siderable influence with many of the 
natives who are obsessed by their fear 
and awe of them. 

"It is easy to recognize a witch 
doctor. His appearance is frightful, for 
he wears skins of animals on his body, 
has weighty ornaments, and carries a 
spear. However, we do not fear them; 
we long to tell them the good news, 
for we know the blood of Jesus has 
power to wash away the sins of the 
most wicked one. 

"I shrink from bothering you about 
the powers of darkness here, our bur- 
dens, struggles, pain and suffering, or 
to write of things as they are. Whether 
we die for Him, in service, matters not, 
just so we are at the battlefront fight- 
ing for the salvation of souls. I know 
you pray for us. The devil is very 
strong in heathen lands. We have to be 
prepared to pay in suffering the price 
of fellowship with Jesus, if those for 
whom He died that day on Calvary are 
ever to be won." 

In our every act we had to emu- 
late—exemplify to the natives— the 
teachings of the Christ we preached to 

During those days at Carnot we 
were sick a great deal. I conducted a 
school for Marie and Julia Rollier 
when they were well enough to attend, 
but it seemed there were more sick 
days than well ones. The rest of us had 
fever also. Some days several of us 
would be confined to our beds at the 
same time. 

Our mail came about once in every 
two months. We had considerable dif- 
ficulty cashing our checks. For food 
we traded cloth, thread and salt A 
chicken was given to the Housa tribe 



Missionaries' baggage along the riverbank after their arrival at Carnot 

every month in exchange for milk for 
the children. We felt that the Lord did, 
indeed, provide for His own. We 
prayed that we might stand firm on 
the promises of God, and that we 
might rejoice in spite of all we had to 

Eventually the commercial man 
needed his storerooms so we moved to 
our tents. All night long we kept a 
large fire near us. Someone was con- 
stantly watching to see that the fire 
kept burning, and we prayed that the 
Lord would keep the animals from us. 
At this time, to keep the leopards out, 
the administrator built a house of 
bamboo for us in a mango grove. We 
were glad to move under its roof and 
pitch our tents, although the danger- 
ous rays of the sun peeped through the 

The officials liked our medical 
work and sent native patients to us. 
We often had from 80 to 100 patients 
a day. After treatment, we told them 
the story of Jesus' love for them. The 

administrator did not like for us to 
witness to the natives, and would not 
permit us to leave the grounds. The 
natives knew this and often came 
secretly to hear us. We would be tell- 
ing them why we came, and suddenly 
our congregation would run and hide. 
They had seen that the administrator 
was about to pass by on his horse. 
After he had gone by they would all 
return. He threatened the natives, but 
never carried out any threat. We were 
told we would never receive permis- 
sion to go on and were wasting our 
lives by remaining. As the opposition 
increased and the battle raged higher 
and higher with no immediate possi- 
bility of change, Mr. Rollier decided to 
return to America. The little girls, 
Marie and Julia, had been sick so much 
that they were at very low ebb physi- 
cally. Leaving the debilitating African 
climate, they sailed for home in the 
fall of 1920. 

That left only three of us adults 
and one child— Mr. Gribble, Dr. Grib- 

ble, their daughter, little Marguerite, 
and myself. In my letter I wrote at this 

"God's signal to us seems to say, 
'Hold the fort!' And we answered 
back, 'By thy grace we will.' Yes, this 
wait is from the Lord. May we learn all 
there is to learn that we may go forth, 
through the open door, victorious for 
Him. Oh, how fierce the opposition, 
the heartaches and suffering, but we 
will not turn back. We refuse to pity 
ourselves. A missionary cannot have 
self-pity for long. He will either fall 
and fail in his efforts, or he will rise 
above the self-pity by the grace of 

"Joy is very important in a mission- 
ary's life. Whatever comes, or does not 
come, we must rejoice in the Lord. 
Sometimes it seems that all the sides 
are closed except for the top. Then 
God shows His face and all is well. 
What a privilege and what a responsi- 
bility the Brethren Church will have 
when permission is reported to us!" 

In the Baya villege the watchman who was attacked by a leopard is shown 
after having his wounds dressed 

JUNE 1, 1977 

Hows Summary 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association ^S' 

^Mr. Roger Krynock, recent Grace Seminary graduate, 
has accepted a call to pastor the Carlton Brethren 
Church, Garwin, Iowa. Former pastor, Rev. Milton Ryer- 
son, has accepted a position of Bible teacher at Brethren 
Christian Schools, Osceola, Ind. 

•Address changes— Gary Miller, 6924 N. 65th Ave., 
Omaha, Nebr. 68152 .. . George Wilhelm, R. R. 2, Box 
112, WrightsviUe, Pa. 17368 . . . Max DeArmey, R. R. 2, 
Holsopple, Pa. 15935 (Tel. 814/629-9258). 

s Philadelphia (EP)-A piece of wood found in Turkish 
Armenia could be from a shrine to Noah's Ark, instead 
of from the Ark itself, says UCLA's Ranier Berger. 

Speaking at an archaeological symposium at the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania, Dr. Berger said the wood is no 
more than 700 years old. 

The scientist assigned 1,230 years to the age of the 
wood. The National Physical Laboratories in England 
dated the wood at about 1 1 ,000 years. 

•Ground-breaking day came for the fourth time at the 
Brookville Grace Brethren Church when four chrome- 
plated shovels were used to turn over the sod for the 
construction of an all-purpose, fair-weather Christian 
Activities Center with a usable area of 2,700 square feet. 
Those participating in the ceremony which took place 
after the morning worship service, Apr. 17, were from 
left to right in the picture: Ernie Gebhart, member of 
the building committee and registered engineer who 
drew the plans; Howard Hanshew, oldest member of the 
church; Elmo Hemmerich, chairman of the building 
committee; Pastor Brickel; Andrea Zawasky, youngest 
member of the church; Bill Dawson, chairman of board 
of trustees; and Jim Miller, moderator of the church. 
Construction is scheduled to begin as soon as all permits 
are secured. 

•Prior to assuming the pastorate of the First Brethren 
Church, Dallas Center, Iowa, Dale Forrest was ordained 
to the Christian ministry at the First Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio. Participating in the service are, left to 
right: Dale's father, Marion; Rev. James Poyner; Rev. 
Forrest Jackson; Rev. Kenneth Cosgrove; Rev. Horace 
Mohler and Mrs. Dale Forrest. 

^The accompanying picture is the Grace 
Brethren Church, Fremont, Ohio. This 
structure will house the 400-seat sanctu- 
ary, fellowship hall, and Sunday School 
classrooms. The church is situated on an 
18-acre plot which provides space for 
future expansion. 

TV will help you grow as a Christian! 

TV will strengthen your church! 

TV will reach people for Christ! 

TV will help you see the need of others! 

TV will glorify Christ and His church ! 

... by the way . . . TV stands for 


Excerpt from 
First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, bulletin 

ehurch Growth at Myerstown 

It's Growing!!! 

To observe a growing church is an 
exciting experience and there certainly 
is excitement at Myerstown, Pennsyl- 
vania. On March 16, 1977, this church 
made a major decision for further 
growth. But growth has been a pattern 
in this location and this is only a con- 
tinuation. Under the leadership of Pas- 
tor Luke Kauffman the church is 
reaching their community and sur- 
rounding area with a message of life 
and hope. 

As the church met in a business 
meeting on March 1 6 they decided to 

build a new sanctuary. This will be the 
fourth building program in ten years 
of existence. What catches the atten- 
tion of the interested is that it will not 
be an "add-on." The size of the facili- 
ty, as well as the cost, begins to bring 
into focus the vision of this thriving 
congregation. The square footage in 
the new building is 33,000. Seating 
capacity is 1,474 on the main part of 
the proposed sanctuary. The balcony 
provides the ultimate in flexibility as it 
provides the possibility of seating an 
additional 560 people. This area also 

permits two additional classrooms, a 
central control room for the audio 
system, movie projector, and closed- 
circuit television. 

There will be a first-aid room in- 
cluded in the sanctuary area and the 
last pew will be only 75 feet from the 
pulpit. Obviously a program of this 
size means vision in the giving depart- 
ment. The church is raising $866,000 
to match a $700,000 loan at a local 
bank. By the time the vote was taken 
to proceed with the project $200,000 
was committed to the building. 

It is quite a story of growth because 
in 1969 the 36 members (there was a 
regular attendance of 80) voted to 
build a sanctuary to house 325 wor- 
shipers. The church attendance tripled 
in less than three years. In 1973 they 
were in a second addition. Construc- 
tion work was started in 1975 on the 
Christian Education wing— unit three. 
Now the ground will be broken in July 
for the fourth phase of building. And 
knowing the vision of the people and 
the leadership at Myerstown, it will 
not be the last special meeting called 
to vote on additional expansion. 

The staff of the Myerstown church 
is Senior Pastor, Luke Kauffman; Min- 
ister of Youth, Roger Mayes; Minister 
of Christian Education, Boyd A. 
Grove; and Minister in Training, 
Howard Gelsinger. 

JUNE 1, 1977 

BMH Newest News 

Due to a steady increase in attendance (Easter Sunday a.m. — 1,030) the Grace 
Brethren Church, Seal Beach, Calif., has started a building fund. The Lord's will 
is now being sought as to expansion and perhaps relocation. 

A position is open for Christian School Administrator at Ashland Christian School 
(K-8) . Further information can be received from Rev. Knute Larson, 1144 W. Main 
St., Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

The enrollment for Western Schools of Church Growth is over the 300 mark for the 
present quarter. 

Richard Bell has resigned as pastor of the North Kokomo (Ind.) Grace Brethren Church 
and is waiting the leading of the Lord for further service. 

Rev. and Mrs. William Schaffer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on 
June 10. Our congratulations to Bill and Maurine who have devoted many faithful 
years to serving the Brethren Church. 

The pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, York, Pa. (Rev. Robert Whited) , has re- 
signed and is seeking the Lord's will as to a future ministry. 

BMH Books author, Rev. Nathan Meyer, will receive an honorary doctor's degree 
(Litt.D.) from the Western Graduate School of Theology, Long Beach, Calif. 

On April 24, 1977, Rev. Marvin Meeker presented his resignation to the First Brethrei 
Church, of Altoona, Pa. 

When was the last time you O 

attended National Conference • 

Why not join with 

[.14! I 

Lyle W. Marvin, Jr. 


National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men 

200 other men 

this August 
for an inspiring 
time of prayer 
and fellowship? 



Our speaker this year is the man 
who wears these boots. He has a mes- 
sage that will reach your heart. 

^ ■ 

hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

Go get your 
Sunday School teacher!!! 

Those who teach Sunday School classes need you. Go get 

1. Get them a thank-you note if they teach your children 
or you, and just express your appreciation for time and care. 

2. Get them to really study by asking questions in class. 
Don't just sit there when you don't follow something that is 
said. Raise your hand fast, or rather, quickly. 

3. Get them to take a few minutes of the class to let 
people share personal needs or requests for prayer. Adult 
classes and youth classes must be times of special fellowship 
in the church. In these smaller and more informal meeting 
times, real love can happen. People can begin to care for each 

4. Get them to let you take a minute or two of the lesson 
every once in a while just to help get some variety. 

5. Get them some tables or a better room arrangement to 
use if possible. Sometimes the straight chairs and straight 
rows and a straight view of the clock and a straight lecture 
need "crooked" a little. 

6. Get them a class leader if it's an adult class-someone 
whose only job will be to help with care and love and people 
learning to know each other better. This double ministry of a 
teacher and a class leader, two people cooperating and giving 
time to their efforts, can really be effective. 

7. Get your Sunday School teacher to have a "Parents' 
Day" in class, so you can go and see what your children or 
teens are learning. 

8. Get them a little recognition in the church service or 
publicly. Some of these people have been at it for years, and 
deserve a little bit of glory. 

Go get your Sunday School teacher, quick! 


With special thanks for her six years of good 
work with GBC Christian Education, the staff cele- 
brated with Receptionist-Secretary Pam Reed in 
her marriage to West Coast Cinematographer 
Roger Boiler. Roger is the man behind the camera 
in many of Ken Anderson's films. Pam and Roger 
were married May 14 at the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church. Their summer months will be spent travel- 
ing abroad filming for an evangelical mission 

Also leaving GBC Christian Education is Mrs. 
Nancy Mayes who has served very efficiently as 
bookkeeper for three years. Nancy will be joining 
her husband, former CE Director, Howard Mayes, 
in a full-time teaching ministry at Lakeland Chris- 
tian Academy where he is the administrator. LCA 
is beginning its fourth year of operation this Sep- 
tember with an anticipated enrollment of 130 stu- 
dents in grades 7 through 12. 

GBC "Readables" 

GBC Christian Education is pleased to an- 
nounce the production of full-color contemporary 
leaflets on doctrinal themes, "Readables." The set 
will include tracts dealing with Trine Immersion, 
The Anointing of the Sick, Threefold Communion, 
Nonresistance, Church Membership, Salvation, and 
the Family. 

Size, format, and tasteful graphic appearance 
will make these GBC "Readables" ideal for use in 
bulletins, general distribution, and with a teacher's 
guidance sheet they will be adapted for group 
study as "short electives." 

"Readables" are being written by Pastor Knute 
Larson, executive director, and James Long, publi- 
cations director, GBC Christian Education. 

Samples and order information available soon. 

25th Annual 

Christian Education 


25th Annual Christian Education Convention 
sponsored by GBC Christian Education . . . this 
year's convention tackles the theme of church 
growth with special speaker Elmer Towns. Regis- 
tration begins at 2:30 p.m., August 12. An evening 
rally will be held Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Semi- 
nar sessions will begin Saturday morning with 
workshops at 9:30 a.m. Saturday night, August 
13, at 7:30, the special evening rally will feature 
Elmer Towns and the results of the Sunday School 
awards contest. The convention continues through 
Sunday morning, August 14, with Sunday School 
classes for everyone at 9:30 a.m., followed by wor- 
ship-celebration at 11 :00 a.m. with Elmer Towns. 
Nursery care for children (ages birth through three 
years) will begin Friday at 3:00 p.m. and will con- 
tinue throughout the convention program. 

JUNE 1, 1977 

v*> N 






An interview with Marab el Morgan 





We were two of the more than 3 million people 
who bought copies of Total Woman. 

And the growing number who wanted to see what 
the follow-up, Total Joy, had to add. 

But we also wanted to talk to Marabel Morgan, 
who wrote the stuff and is married to Charlie. 

Mother of two. 

Cover-woman and story for Time magazine. 

Target of many critical reactions to her marriage 
ideas, on talk shows all over the nation: "Tomorrow, 
with Tom Snyder," "The Phil Donahue Show," 
"Sixty Minutes. " and many of the more local variety. 

Savior-with a small "s "-of many marriages, with 
her seminars and writings. 

We enjoyed our visit and thought you would, too. 

We especially wanted to find out about her own 
faith in Christ, and how she's handled all the TW 
uproar, pro and con. 

We decided she 's believing and handling pretty 
well. Rather "totally, " in fact. 

Knute and Jeanine Larson: What do you mean by 
"Total Joy?" And is it possible on a regular basis? 

Marabel Morgan: I believe that total joy is possible 
on a regular basis. That is not to say we won't have 
heartaches, traumas, tragedies— because that's life. 
That's realistic. But I believe Jesus meant it when He 
said, "I came to give you abundant life and joy until 
it overflows," and "My joy I leave with you." I be- 
lieve that's possible moment by moment if we obey 
Him and walk close to Him and allow Him to live His 
life out through us. 

I named the book Total Joy because a number of 
women have come into a new relationship with Jesus 
through reading Total Woman. Applying the prin- 
ciples with their husbands, they found that those 
worked. And when they dared to take the step of 
asking Jesus to be their Saviour, they found that He 
came in. They experienced total joy for the first time 
in their lives. Some of them have gone on to walk 
with Him and experience it on a regular basis. 

K & J: I suppose that's it, but what else do you 
find encouraging in response to Total Woman! 

MM: Well, that was my ultimate goal: that people 
would trust Christ. But there are many fringe goals. 
One of those was that marriages should be enhanced. 
It makes a woman very joyous when her husband and 

Knute and Jeanine Larson 

she are communicating and loving one another, and 
the atmosphere is great. He hangs on the words that 
she says as she hangs on his words. It's cozy and that 
gives her joy because most women are geared toward 
the home being their world. 

K & J: What would you say is the most discourag- 
ing response to Total Woman! 

MM: Well, people not daring to try it. Just writing 
it off because they don't want to be the one to give 

K & J: I noticed on the "Phil Donahue Show," 
that everybody picks out the sex part— that's not the 
whole thing. 

MM: It's such a small part. But I'll have to tell you 
this, I really felt impressed to write all those things 
down— the sexy things, and I was afraid of it. Of 
course I knew it would cause a great furor, which it 
did in some circles. But I believe the Lord fishes for 

Well, that was my 
ultimate goal: that 
people would trust 
Christ. But there are 
many fringe goals. 
One of those was 
that marriages should 
be enhanced. 

people where they're at— and sex is where most of 
them are at-the unbelievers. And, of course, it is very 
important, but it's not the whole thing. The press 
picks up that angle, which is not bad. Let them pick 
it up. 

K & J: Finally a clean sex book, if they want to 
call it that. What do you do to boost your own spirit- 
ual growth? What are some things that help you stay 
close to Christ and grow? 

MM: Well, I know that if I get up in the morning 
and take off in the day without having my time with 
Him— praying to Him, reading the Word (and this hap- 
pens sometimes)— then I don't grow. 



The day is the Lord's, and we are to rejoice in it. 
But I find that I can't rejoice in it unless I go to Him 
first, because I'm doing it in my own strength, and it 
runs out fast. When something wrong happens, I go to 

But when I have met with Jesus in the morning, 
whatever happens, I assume it's in His perfect will 
because we got it together in the morning. 

K & J: You mentioned some place, not being able 
to do all that on your own. All of what? And what 
does "on your own" mean? 

MM: Before I was a Christian I really thought I 
could do just anything I set my mind to. I was a great 
believer in positive thinking. I believe there is a power 
of positive thinking up to a point. But now that I 
have trusted Jesus, I realize that I can't even breathe 
unless He lets me. My whole existence depends on 

I discover that sometimes on my own volition I 
will say, "Today I will be the best wife and mother 
that ever has been. I will make a wonderful atmos- 
phere." But it's really oT Marabel trying to do it, and 
by 7:45 everyone is mad at each other at the break- 
fast table. It's chaos. 

Jesus said, "Without me you can do nothing." And 
I believe it. If I say to Him in the morning when I 

I believe two 
people can do the 
same act but one 
person is manipu- 
lating and another 
is doing it out of a 
heart of love. 

wake up before I climb out of bed, "Lord, take the 
atmosphere of my house. Help us to be united. Help 
us to walk with you. Let my children desire to follow 
You." Then we have a heavenly atmosphere. 

K & J: What are the nicest rewards you see regular- 
ly as a mother? 

MM: Well, my children are very self-willed and 
strong and opinionated. I don't know where they get 
that! But we've discovered that discipline really is 
necessary at our house. For one thing, they can't have 
breakfast until their bed is made, and they dress 
themselves and read the Bible. We started this in Sep- 
tember, and now it's a habit. There still needs to be 
Mother's influence in helping them with the disci- 
pline, but I am so thrilled to see this becoming a part 
of their lives. Maybe it's just by rote now, but the 
Lord will use that so they will require daily bread 
from Him. So that's one thing that has really thrilled 

With my oldest who is 1 1 —in the last 6 years since 
I really have been trying to be a total woman, we 

have become so close. When she was about 5 or 6 
there was a breach in our relationship because I was a 
screaming shrew, and of course she didn't respond to 
that. Now I feel like we are really close friends. I have 
great hopes for her teenage years. Though it will be 
difficult no doubt still we will be together, and we are 
talking openly about everything. 

This thrills me because I know had I not changed, 
she probably would have run away from home at age 

K & J: You really did scream? 

MM: Oh I did. And I still do sometimes! But I 
can't go on that way, because I hate myself when I'm 
that way. They hate me when I'm that way. 

I screamed because when I was growing up I never 
saw a good marriage. So I didn't know how to make 

K & J: How did you find out— I know some of it 
you did on your own? 

MM: Well, I saw two families that had a good mar- 
riage. One when I was dating Charlie— his mother and 
father really seemed to be happy, and it blew my 
mind. I was stunned by it. It was the first one I had 
ever seen, and I was thrilled. It gave me great hope 
that there was that possibility that you could actually 
have a good marriage. 

Then I lived with Sandy and John who were on 
staff at Campus Crusade. Their marriage was beauti- 
ful. I admired them so much, and I sort of saw what I 
should be doing. I was 26 years old and was taking it 
in— taking notes mentally. But then when I got mar- 
ried the patterns of my childhood sort of took over. 
Subconsciously, I guess, I was doing all the wrong 
things— until I was jolted into realizing that I could 

K & J: That's really how total woman started, 
right? It's neat that it's not just theory and that you 
went through some negatives. . . . How do you handle 
the criticism when people say a "total woman's" re- 
action toward her husband is simply to manipulate 

MM: Well, this is a very important subject. I be- 
lieve two people can do the same act but one person 
is manipulating and another is doing it out of a heart 
of love. For instance, you can make a wonderful din- 
ner for your family. One woman has in the back of 
her mind, "I'll make his fried chicken and chocolate 
cake and then after he is really happy I'll ask him for 
what I want." The whole idea has an ulterior motive 
to it. Of course if he is any kind of a husband at all 
he's going to see right through that. 

The other lady can make the same kind of dinner 
just because she wants to thrill him! 

I think women are manipulators by nature. I tried 
to manipulate Charlie for six years. He did see right 
through it and he just crawled into a shell. I would be 
nice occasionally because I wanted something. It 
doesn't work. 

Total Woman principles, I believe, have to be done 
with a pure heart. Giving with no thought of what 
you're going to get in return. 

You can't do that in your own power. It must be 
God's power. 

K & J: What special family traditions have been 
built into the Morgan schedule since you both have 
been thinking about this sort of thing? Either as a 
couple or as with children. 

JUNE 1, 1977 

MM: The dinner hour has become the one place 
where we all are together. I believe that all of us 
really look forward to this time. It used to be a pit- 
stop— now it's a real occasion. I try to make it that 
way and we try to have a happy time. If we've got 
real problems we try not to discuss them while we are 
eating because that doesn't work for us. 

After dinner the girls and I clean up, and then all 
of us have our devotional time. It's kind of compact 
because there are only a few hours before they have 
to go to bed. We have stories and games and the 
devotional. It's all sort of one package. 

Whereas before it was hit or miss, this is really 
important. And the beautiful thing to me is that 
Charlie has taken this on as his responsibility. I used 
to say to him, "Don't you think we ought to?" 
Everyday I'd say that! 

Lots of times he didn't think we ought to, but 
now it is his masculine image that is setting this up. I 
mean he's the father, and it seems to have more 
authority by his getting out the Bible. We all sit on 
the floor or we sit on the bed or we try to go into 
different rooms and have snacks afterwards. It's just a 
fun time. 

K & J: Do you think the man ought to be the 

MM: I think he should. He's the priest. 

K & J: What are you encouraging women to do 
whose husbands don't want to take that role? Other 
than nag. 

MM: Right. Nagging won't make him do it. The 
Lord knows their situation. If they're believers, their 
responsibility is to stay close to Jesus and to submit 
to their husbands— to make the climate in their home 
so loving and so fun and wonderful. 

I've seen many husbands trust the Lord because 
the wives have become "Total Women"— you could 
use any word you want to there . . . the Christian 
woman who is really living the life. Many husbands 
have come into a new relationship with Jesus and 
they want to read the Bible. 

I have a good friend who nagged and nagged for a 
long time until finally she realized it would not work. 
So she became the best type of mother you could be 
with the Lord's help, and the father is just leaping in 
his growth! The kids who are teenage boys have really 
said, "Uhhhhh? Are we going to do this again?" But 
now they're interested. The Lord has knit it together. 
He's the only One who can. 

K & J: So you think Peter meant "without a 
word" when he said "without a word"? 

MM: Absolutely. By their behavior. By their loving 

K & J: What do you do when you're tired? 

MM: Cry! . . . Well, the ideal thing would be to go 
to bed. 

K & J: Can't always. 

MM: No. One of my favorite Scriptures is, "Those 
that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength 
and rise up with wings as eagles and not faint . ..." I 
believe the Lord will give extra strength. "As thy day 
so shall thy strength be." 

In fact, I seem to do better when I know it's going 
to be a terribly hard day! Maybe it's because I think I 
can handle it if it's just a regular old day. 

K & J: You sort of live in a glass house. 

MM: Charlie says a glass bedroom. 

K & J: OK. Do you wish it had never been built? 

MM: I don't. I don't think he does either. There 
are moments when I wish that I could be "Jane 
Brown" who lives in a little village in Georgia where 
there is only one .... 

K & J: How 'bout Plains, Georgia? 

MM: This was God's plan for me and I know that. 
I am so thrilled with it. I don't want to be anybody 

There have been times in my life when I've looked 
at other people and thought, "Oh, if I could just be 
that person and have what they have." But I have 
finally come to the point where I have accepted me as 
I am because I know God designed me. I may get 
cancer tomorrow, the world may cave in, anything 
could happen. It's easy to say before it does-that 
you would stick close. I'm going to trust Jesus. What- 
ever comes, He's trustworthy, and He has given me a 
wonderful life up to this point. If tomorrow the 
world does cave in, well, so be it because it's His life. 

K & J: How can "Jane Brown" have this same 
attitude when she wishes there were more exciting 
things? You've been able to do a lot of special things 
and have had special ministries. What would you tell 
her about God's plan and relaxing and enjoying it. 

MM: What you've just said is the whole key. God 
loves her and has a wonderful plan for her life. If she 
can relax in Him and enjoy her four walls in "Plains, 
Georgia," or wherever, and is faithful in that position 
and available to God, He will give her abundant life 
right there. 


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K & J: What gets women into the blues as much as 
anything else? What are the most depressing things 
for them? 

MM: One is propaganda that we read in the maga- 
zines. It is so insidious and it creeps in and under- 
mines what we're doing. It insinuates that we have 
put our brain on the shelf if we want to be a good 
wife and mother first and foremost. That's one thing. 

Another thing to consider is the factor of hor- 
mones. I think women for the most part really don't 
realize how their body is operating, and they try to 
keep their busy lives going on a cup of coffee and a 
sweet roll maybe. Nutrition and keeping your body 
healthy and understanding the various things that 
happen to you each month— I think this is all very 
important. Your physical being really has a lot to do 
with your mental depression. 

And if things are not "snuggly" with her husband 
this is going to depress her. I believe there is a way 
out of that in most cases. That if she begins to apply 
God's principles in her marriage, that is going to 
change her husband. He is going to respond. He is 
going to talk to her. 

Women feel depressed when their husbands don't 
talk to them and they think "Why should I keep on 
keeping on? All he does is watch TV." Or whatever. 
And it makes them depressed and hostile. If they can 
use that energy when they are feeling hostile and turn 
it around and really spin him around by making life 
exciting in their four walls, it will change for them. 

When I get down and depressed I say, "Charlie, I 
am a grouch, I feel like I'm ready to explode. Just 
stay out of my way for a few hours and I'll get over 
it." He appreciates that and I think that's a good 
thing to do— to let your husband know how you're 
feeling at the moment, and that you'll come out of it. 

K & J: A lot of Christian husbands are just blah in 
their growth and obedience, and the wife often is the 
one who is excited about Christ. Just how long does 
she keep trying? 

MM: Of course that's prevalent. I think that want- 
ing to grow in Christ can't be pushed on you. It can't 
be taught— doctrine can be taught, but getting that 
zest can't be taught. It's got to be caught. If you're 
around someone who is fired up for Jesus, chances 
are you're going to catch it and want to get in on the 
fun and action. Here again a woman has to be very 
careful and not say things like I used to say. Like, 
"Charlie, I think you better read your Bible," or, 
"You out of fellowship, Charlie?" 

You've got to be total within yourself. Jesus 
makes you total. You've got to be secure within your- 
self, whether or not your husband ever comes along. 
You have to face the fact that he may never come 

K & J: What quick first-aid suggestion or long- 
range project would you give a Christian woman who 
feels like the walls are starting to close in on her? 
Either with her husband or just the whole thing of 

MM: Here again I sound like a broken record. Try 
to get herself together. In other words, I feel that the 
whole Total Woman philosophy really doesn't have 
much to do with a husband at all— whether he re- 
sponds or not is not the issue. It's within herself. The 
priorities of a Total Woman are first of all— she is a 
person responsible to God. Within that first priority, 
being a person, she has gifts and talents and needs and 

desires that she needs to develop. I think that the 
most exciting thing that happens to a person is when 
she expresses her own personality in some little cre- 
ative act. Whether it's making a cake or writing a 
book or making a bed or whatever it is. If she does it 
with her little flair she feels good, and she likes to go 
back and look at the room she has just cleaned or 

I think God hkes this. I think that He made our 
personalities all individual and He desires that we 
should express what we are to Him. 

So wherever her interest lies she should develop 
that. She should block out in her $25,000 plan each 
day an hour for her to do her thing. Whatever turns 
her on— sitting in the backyard watching the birds or 
whatever it is because that's needed. This is my opin- 
ion, naturally. 

The second priority— if she has a husband— is that 
she is a partner. It's her privilege to meet his needs as 
best she can and make him good meals and make a 
nice home for him and be an exciting person when he 
comes in. Have something to talk about besides, "The 
diaper pail overflowed." Read a book or the news- 
paper or whatever so that he is glad he comes home. 
Be so enticing and lovely that he can't wait to get 
home to her. 

The third priority is that if she has children she is a 
parent and looks in their eyeballs and plays their 
games and is a pal to them. I think you have to be a 
mother more than a pal . . . but make life exciting in 
her domain! 

The fourth priority is the world. If she has enough 
left over— people out there are crying. Maybe her 
talent will be used in one of these areas. 

And if she begins to set her goals and accomplish 
them and is excited over what she's doing, her 
husband is going to do a double take and say, "What's 
happened to this woman I married? I thought she was 
such a dull doe-doe. She's come alive! I think I'll set 
some goals of my own. She's been so nice to me I 
think I'll be nice to her." 

Or in other words, forget about your husband's 
responsibility to God— it isn't your business to make 
him good; it's your business to make him happy. God 
will make him good. 


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A - Whittier, Calif. | III 

B — Johnstown, Pa. 

C - Sunnyside, Wash..! 
D - Everett, Pa. 
E - Listie, Pa. 
F - Peru, Ind. 
G — Kittannning, Pa. 

(North Buffalol § 
H — Pompano Beach, Fla. 
I — North Lauderdale, Fla. 
J - Hemet, Calif. 
N' - No one entered 

RECORD ATTENDANCES-Santa Ana, Calif. -50, Okeechobee, Fla.— 
169; Listie, Pa.-ll7; Cdfiemaugh, Pa. (Singer Hill)— 326; Myerstown, 
Pa. -763; Washington -D.C.-929; JBethlehem, Pa.-129; Camden, Ohio- 
54; Sunnyside, Wash. -^346; Aiken, B.C. -96; Sacramento, Calif— 1 67. 

John Mayes 

Don Rough 
John Terrell 

Homer Lingenfelter 
Fred Walter 
ijames Marshall | I 

Robert Burns 
Terrance Taylor 
JackgPeters, Jr. 
Richard Rohrer 


Robert Wilson 

Ronald Carnevali 
James O'Malley 
Henry Russell 
Russell Beech 
Steve Jackson 

James Bowser 
David Geyer 
Durwood Brooks 
Minnie McPhail 

•Average atti 
day School 

April, 1977 

Net Loss in 

1976-172; Apn 
index based on 1 79 report 

irage attendance— 
■kly average attendance— 
Jrting tjijches-261 per- 

KprM. 1976 weekl 
30,054. I 

reases totalmg- 
osses totalmq- 
— North Lauder^ 

85 churches registi 

90 churches regis 


dale. Fla. 
Largest percent 
Lauof rdale, Fla. 
*-. The larger the number of reporting 
dhurches, the more accurately these figures 
will represent the church growth picture of 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 
We urge the total support of the churches of 
the F G BC in this computer-evaluated 
church growth analysis which is provided 
free of charge to churches of the Fellowship 
by the Christian Education Department. 

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Hidden Beauty can be discovered or disregarded. It can be 
appreciated or rejected. To some God has given much beauty to 
find and enjoy. A mother's thoughts do not always center on 
the beautiful aspects of family life as portrayed by the follow- 
ing comparison written by an unknown author. 

child. . . 

by a 



At the beginning of my earthly day, 
I wake to: 

1. Noise of kids. 

2. Piles of dirty dishes. 

3. Dirty floors. 

4. Mountains of laundry. 

5. Meals to cook. 

my own 

At the beginning of my Christ-filled 
day, I wake to: 

1 . Music of children's voices. 

2. The evidence of God supplying 
us with many good things to 
eat— look at those dishes! 

3. Floors showing footmarks of 
those who God trusted us to 
raise and teach for Hm. 

4. Many, many clothes to wear. 
He has given us more than we 

5. Many conveniences of my 
kitchen. Good food helps to 
keep us healthy. God chose me 
to be His helper. 

6. And oh, the wisdom Christ 
has— to give me to meet each 
demand of each child. My own 
strength cannot make it— but 
He has all power for me. 

7. Oh, I see a broken heart. The 
hurt makes a way for one more 
lesson about Jesus. 

8. Jesus uses me to wash the faces 
of His little lambs. 

9. I'll tie the shoes He has given 
for those feet that can run and 
play. Thank Him for making 
our family one with health and 

10. The biggest gift of all is the hap- 
piness the Lord gives me for giv- 
ing to one who expects my 
best. Thank God for a husband 
who will love and protect me. 

"Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder"— trite though it may be, still 
holds true even in situations like these. We must remember to look through 
eyes of love at the ones whom God has placed in our care even as He looks at 
us. Although God hates the sin that pervades our very existence, He still 
loved us even to the point of sending the most precious gift, Christ— His 
all-sacrificing Son. We can do nothing that would merit our family's love 
such as God did for us, but we can do our best in raising our children with 
God's help. 

Demands of kids- 
powers cannot fill. 

7. Fights to settle. 

8. Faces to wash. 

9. Shoes to tie. 

10. Obligations to an expecting hus- 
band that are way to big for 
my day. 



(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 31 and 

32 of the 1977 Brethren Annual.; 


Rev. R. Bruce Paden August 26 

Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central African Empire. 


Rev. Aldo Elwyn Hoyt August 21 


Rev. Bill A. Burk August 5 

Rev. Ernest H. Bearinger August 6 

Jeffrey Carl Farner August 20, 1967 


Ginette Mireille De Armey August 12, 1970 

7 rue Paul Gateaud, 7 1000- Macon, France. 


Phillip Valdo Guerena August 10, 1959 

Rev. Jack B. Churchill August 20 


Mrs. F. George Peters August 10 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, lnd. 46590. 
Mrs. George A. Johnson August 1 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, lnd. 46590. 

Dr. Floyd W. Taber August 16 

Miss Ruth Kent August 21 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, lnd. 46590. 
Terry Lee Julien August 27, 1959 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, lnd. 46590. 


Pres.-Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

Rd., Winona Lake, lnd. 46590 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Woos- 

ter Rd., Winona Lake, lnd. 46590 
Secy.-Mrs. George Christie. 417 Allison 

Way, Goldendale, Wash. 98620 
Asst. Secy.-Mrs. Sally Neely, 565 Stony- 
ridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45 373 
Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, lnd. 

46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 

National WMC.) 
Asst. Fin. Secy.-Mrs. Thomas Inman, 2244 

Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Lit. Secy.-Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 8, 

Box 157, Warsaw, lnd. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., 

Winona Lake, lnd. 46590 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Richard Sellers, 4661 

Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 

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Traveling alone has become part of 
my life, and I have learned to accept it 
in all good grace. But one of the in- 
volvements in this type of travel I have 
not accepted with good grace— that is 
eating alone. One of the main reasons 
for eating is that it gives you oppor- 
tunity to talk with someone. When 
eating in a restaurant I will talk to any- 
one who will listen— a waitress, or 
someone at the next table, or if all else 
fails I will communicate with four year 
olds by smiling or winking at them 
until they get in trouble with their 

I was recently on a trip to Flori- 
da—alone! After driving some 550 
miles, Valdosta, Georgia, suddenly ap- 
peared on Interstate 75 and that was 
it. The place to stop for the night. 
With luggage unpacked I started the 
usual search— a place to eat. I selected 
the Super Sirloin next to the motel, 
partly because it was close and also 
because prices started at $1.89. I 
went through the line and chose a filet 
mignon wrapped in bacon for $2.99, 
then was given a ticket and told to 
find a seat After I was seated I 
noticed a sign, "When Your Number Is 
Called Raise Your Hand." I looked on 
the ticket for my number. It was 
seventy-five thousand, four hundred 
and sixty-six, with further instruc- 
tions— "Please Listen for Your Num- 
ber." Two terrible thoughts struck 
me . . . first, are there seventy-five 
thousand, four hundred and sixty-five 
people ahead of me? and second, will I 
recognize my number when it is 

Reflections By Still Waters 

When your 
number is called 
raise your hand! 

Charles W. Turner 

I got very nervous and decided I 
would be prepared and not have to be 
called twice. The people next to me 
had not read the second message on 
their ticket and had lost it somewhere, 
so I tried to help them in their hour of 
need. The little ticket was on the floor 
having been walked on by thoughtless 
patrons. When number 66 came boom- 
ing through the loudspeaker, I raised 
my hand as others watched. Upon re- 
ceiving my order I noticed the filet 
was tucked neatly beside one of the 
biggest baked potatoes I had ever seen. 
Maybe it was just the smallness of the 
steak, but I should not have expected 
a half-grown cow accompanied by a 
little piglet for $2.99! 

To me the hand-raising ceremony 
was not all that positive, because the 
past had left some bad associations. 
For example, my first-grade teacher's 
instruction regarding the raising of the 
hand to go to the restroom. The 
referee in my limited basketball career 
instructed us if we were guilty of a 
foul, we were to raise our hands and 
admit guilt to all. But now, I was a 
grown man waiting for my steak and 
waiting to raise my hand in order to be 
recognized. To top it all off, I was 
only another number— seventy-five 
thousand, four hundred and sixty-six, 
but I found comfort in the fact that 
McDonalds do not do this, or I might 
have been twenty-one billion, nine 
hundred and thirty-seven million, four 
thousand and seven! 

How impersonal can we get in this 
society without outlawing the whole 
human race? When we get to heaven 
and God calls our names, I feel very 

certain He will not ask us to raise our 
hands in order to identify ourselves to 
Him or to each other. I do not know 
by what means God or the angels will 
get our attention. Many people rather 
like the use of the term "brother." I 
have not been too fond of the term, 
but it does speak of a personal rela- 
tionship and I like the family connec- 
tion. The Bible does not define 
whether or not our earthly names will 
be used for identification in heaven, 
and I admit I am not too knowledge- 
able about that phase of glorification. 
But something down inside of me likes 
to think that I will be called by the 
name my parents gave me. If Jesus 
called me "Charlie" the first time we 
met in glory it would be so very per- 
sonal. I believe God the Father and 
Jesus Christ know all things. After all, 
the day I was saved He knew me by 
name and He knew who He was saving. 

There will be a multitude of us up 
there, and I do not want in any way to 
be presumptuous and think He would 
get around to speaking to me for a few 
thousand years. There are so many 
others who have done so much I feel 
certain my "rating" is not all that 
high. But it will happen, and I will see 
Him and be known by Him. 

Until the day comes and all the 
numbers are dropped and the imper- 
sonal connections have passed away, it 
looks like I will have to raise my hand 
to be recognized like everyone else. 
But I hope for and anticipate much 
better things in the future, and it just 
may not be too long now. Another 
precious thought is that I will not have 
to sit down and eat alone, the whole 
family of God will be there, and we 
can talk over dinner for a couple hun- 
dred years and still have some time to 
share with the glory of the Lamb. 


in the 


Victory Day 4 

Orlando in Orbit 7 

Teens, Trials and Triumphs ... 8 

Native Son Returns 10 

BMH News 12 

Burn-out 14 

African Returns Home 17 

Grace College Graduates 18 

Grace Seminary Graduates ... 21 

Grace News Notes 22 

Conference Information 23 

BMH Newest News 24 





Cover Photo: 

Pierre Yougouda, the first Brethren African 
to graduate from Grace Theological Semi- 
nary, was among those receiving his M.Div. 
degree from the school this past May 20. 
(See story, page 17). (Photo by Terry White) 

Volume 39 Number 12 June 15, 1977 

Published bimonthly by 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Printed by BMH Printing 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 

35 YEARS AGO- 1942 

Ralph Colburn comes to Comp- 
ton, Calif., as the new pas- 
tor. . . . The new goal for the Her- 
ald is 5,000 subscribers by Aug. 1 
1942 R D. Crees and the con- 
gregation are "singing through the 
hymnbook" in the prayer meetings 
at Waynesboro, Pa. . . . Dr. Paul E 
Bauman has resigned as pastor at the 
Second Brethren Church, Los Angeles 
to be a full-time professor at the Bible 
Institute of Los Angeles. 

DThat was a real nice write up of 
Ed Cole who has joined in B.I.F. 
But I think one of the most impor- 
tant things was left out. It should 
have read son of the Late Earle Cole 
and Jayne Cole. I'm sure Earle 
would have been pleased to know 
Ed made a decision to go into the 
Lord's service as is Jayne. Just in 
passing.— Ohio 


Charles W. T 

Managing Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman 

Editorial Secretary 

Fern L. Sandy 

Subscription Secretary: Diane Evans 
IBM Composer: Omega Sandy 
Design & Layout Artist: Timothy Kennedy 

15 YEARS AGO-1962 

Dr. L. L. Grubb was the dedication 
speaker at the new Rialto (Calif.) Breth 
ren Church. The pastor is Gerald Pol- 
man. . . . Dr. Harold Etling was awarded 
the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity 
from Grace Seminary. . . . The Grace Semi 
nary graduating class included such names as 
John Davis, Edward Mensinger, George 
Christie, Ron Henry, Sherwood Durkee, 
Kenneth Russell and Randy Poyner. 

5 YEARS AGO- 1972 

Galen Lingenfelter has accepted a call to the 
First Brethren Church at Fort Wayne, Ind. ... A 
gift of $100,000 was given to the Grace Library 
Learning Center by Mrs. Betty Zimmer Morgan. 

Thank you so much for writing and 
for your good suggestion. You have 
made an excellent point. Those of 
us who had the privilege of knowing 
Earle would certainly have to agree 
he would have been pleased to know 
that Ed is so serving. And I am not 
too certain that he does not know. 
We at Winona are glad to welcome 
Ed and know he will make a real 
contribution to the work of the 

Again thank you for taking the 
time to write; it is greatly appre 

Departmental Editors: Christian Educa- 
tion: Knute Larson, James Long. Foreign 
Missions: Rev. John Zielasko, Marcia 
Wardell. Grace Schools: Dr. Homer A. 
Kent, Jr., Terry White. Home Missions: 
Dr. Lester Pifer. WMC: Linda Hoke 

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Tl&dh Jtaudekdale, J>Ioiicta 

Rev. Jack K. Peters, Jr 

"Victory Day" at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of North Lauderdale, 
Florida, was April 24, 1977. And our 
rejoicing was much in the same spirit 
as that of David when he sang the fol- 
lowing words: "I will praise thee, O 
LORD, with my whole heart; I will 
shew forth all thy marvellous works. I 
will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will 
sing praise to thy name, O thou most 
High" (Ps. 9:1-2). We also gave testi- 
mony of the "marvellous works" of 
our God, and the miraculous victory 
that He has wrought in our midst! On 
this day the congregation took a giant 
step of faith and terminated their 
financial dependency upon The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council. It was a 
giant step in light of the past history 
of the church, and yet, a small step 
when seen as a part of God's plan for 
the future ministry of our church in 
this community! We believe the mira- 
cles that we have witnessed over the 
past seven months are indicative of the 
greatness of His plan. 

The North Lauderdale Grace Breth- 

ren Church began in 1 959 as a branch 
of the Grace Brethren Church of Fort 
Lauderdale. At that time the branch 
church was known as the Margate 
Grace Brethren Church, and was the 
second Brethren Home Missions point 
in the state of Florida. The church 
grew rapidly and attained self- 
supporting status within a few years. 
However, late in 1973 there began a 
painful reversal in the history of the 
church. The building recession in 
South Florida, coupled with other 
conflicts caused the church to take a 
nose dive, and within a year and a half 
the church was fighting for its life with 
less than 25 people trying to maintain 
a facility designed for 200 people. 
There was talk of dissolving the church 
and selling the property. In fact, many 
people in the surrounding community 
thought the church had already 
closed! We are so thankful for the 
faith of The Brethren Home Missions 
Council. They saw the potential for a 
great church in North Lauderdale in 
spite of the apparent failure and sent 
Rev. William Byers to help the congre- 

gation in organizing for growth once 
again. Right away, God began to direct 
key families into the church, and with 
them came a new enthusiasm for 
reaching the community around the 
church. God in a miraculous way pro- 
vided equipment for operating a nur- 
sery-school program when a local 
Baptist church went bankrupt. This 
school program soon became a tool for 
outreach into the community. 

The operating of the church for 
four months without a pastor was a 
test for the congregation, but God 
blessed and the church continued to 

On October 3 Pastor Jack Peters, 
Jr., arrived on the field bringing an- 
other miracle with him. When the 
church called Pastor Peters in July, 
they indicated to him their desire to 
see a bus ministry in the community, 
but used buses were very expensive in 
South Florida, and the church was al- 
ready under the strain of raising the 
money to pay the new pastor's moving 
expense. When Pastor Peters dis- 
covered it would cost approximately 

A Great Victory - and yet a small victory in a continuous battl 


$600 just to rent a moving van, he was 
bothered that such a large sum of 
money would be lost to moving ex- 
penses. Therefore, he asked the Home 
Missions Council if the moving ex- 
pense could be used to purchase a bus 
instead. They agreed that if a bus 
could be found for $600 that was 
mechanically strong enough to go 
1 ,500 miles with a load of furniture on 
it, that would be fine. 

Immediately, the church began to 
pray that God would provide just such 
a bus. A few weeks later God directed 
Pastor Peters to a man that was getting 
out of the school bus business because 
of poor health. He just happened to 
have a 1965 International, 66- 
passenger bus that not only brought 
the pastor's furniture to Florida, but 
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for the souls of men. 

JUNE 15, 1977 

Thrdh Jtaudehdals, Jltnida 

(Continued from page 5) 
every Sunday brings an average of 45 
riders to Sunday School and church! 
God has blessed that bus, and already 
we have seen two families come to 
know Christ as personal Saviour and 
be baptized by trine immersion as a 
result of this ministry! In March God 
allowed us to begin operating a second 
bus, and already we have seen several 
come to know Christ on this second 

Because of the spirit of excitement 
surrounding our church, the entire 
community is taking notice, and each 
week visitors walk into our services 
just to see what is causing all the activ- 
ity! In April our average attendance 
was 185 in Sunday School, and 236 in 
morning church! Praise God for the 
new life that He has given to this 

There are three things that God has 
honored in His blessing thus far: First; 
the Faith of this group of people. 
They have been willing to see things 
through God's eyes and set their goals 
by faith in Him. Every goal has been 
impossible in man's eyes, but in God's 
eyes all things are possible. 

Second; the Unity of this group of 
people. They have put aside personal 
disagreements and banded together as 
a team with one goal— reaching their 
city for Christ. They have not wasted 
time arguing over which method is 
best, but have taken a method and 
then all pulled together to see it work. 

Third; the Sacrifice of this group of 
people. They have "prayed as if it all 
depended on God, but have worked as 
if it all depended on them"— many 
times working from sunup until long 
after sundown on the weekends, and 
giving up their week-nights to work at 
the church. A few months ago a ditch 
several hundred feet long needed to be 
dug for a sewer hookup. Several of our 
ladies took their turns at the shovels 
until their hands were blistered. 

Yes! God honors Faith, Unity, Sac- 
rifice (and even sweat!). On Victory 
Day Dr. Pifer representing the Home 
Missions Council joined with us as we 
gave God the glory for His Victory in 
North Lauderdale, Florida. A Great 
Victory— and yet a small victory in a 
continuous battle for the souls of men. 


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Pastor and Mrs. John Diaz 


The Grace Brethren Church, Or- 
lando, Florida, was projected into 
orbit March 1973 when the first offi- 
cial meeting was held in the home of 
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Latham. Since 
that date the Orlando church has been 
on course. A meeting place was 
opened up for their services. A full 
schedule of services was instituted in 
August of that year. A church location 
was sought and bought. The church re- 
quested help from Brethren Home Mis- 
sions and it was granted. 

The search for a pastor ended in 
May 1974 when John Diaz graduated 
from Grace Seminary and accepted the 
call to minister in his home state. 
Under Pastor Diaz's ministry the 
church continued on course. Plans for 
a building were completed and ground 

broken November 30, 1975. Many of 
the church members were church 
builders, and in a record time and at a 
record low cost a new church was 
ready for dedication on June 6, 1976. 

From the prayers that were an- 
swered, there never was any question 
but that God was directing and keep- 
ing this church on course. He answered 
prayer for a meeting place; He an- 
swered prayer for signatures needed 
for a building permit; He answered 
prayer with a record, ground-breaking 
offering; He answered prayer for a 
pastor; and He answered prayer in the 
building cost and a minimum debt. 

The church is on course for a self- 
supporting work with the five-year 
program of The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council. The membership is in- 

creasing, the attendance has been in- 
creasing, and already this church is 
preparing and sending out mission- 
aries. At this point, it is necessary for a 
minor adjustment at "Missions Con- 
trol" as Pastor Diaz has resigned. He 
was used of the Lord in the establish- 
ment of this church in the rapidly de- 
veloping area of Orlando. 

God has called Pastor Diaz to a new 
ministry at Lititz, Pennsylvania. This 
church was formerly a Home Missions 
church that is growing to the extent of 
needing a greater staff. We rejoice in 
churches that just keep on growing. 

Please continue to pray for the 
minor adjustment at "Missions Con- 
trol" that a new pastor will be dis- 
covered soon and the Orlando church 
will continue on its course. 

JUNE 15, 1977 

"Hello, Aiken, Grace Brethren Church? Could I speak to Steve Taylor? Say, I've got a 
group of high school kids who call themselves 'New Light'. . . yeah, a place to minister. . . 
right, spring vacation, April 1-9!" 

Months ago Pastor Steve Taylor, 
Aiken, South Carolina, received a call 
from Paul Mutchler, youth pastor, 
Osceola, Indiana, asking if he could 
bring 14 teen-agers to Aiken during 
the spring break. Pastor Taylor's first 
thought was the 14 from Osceola 
would overwhelm the Aiken teen- 
agers. The next request from Pastor 
Mutchler was to sleep the teen-agers in 
sleeping bags in the church and serve 
the meals at the church. These ques- 
tions overwhelmed the pastor— no 
church building. 

Trials: Where do you sleep 14 teen- 
agers and their director? Without a 
church kitchen where do you prepare 
14 meals, 3 times a day, for 5 days— 
210 meals? Where do you get enough 
food to serve 1 4 hungry teen-agers for 
5 days? In a small home mission 
church how are you going to find the 
laborers for these tasks? Did you ever 
have 20-25 teens/adults drop in for a 

Triumphs: Eight families took visi- 
tors into their homes and assumed 
partial responsibility for transporta- 
tion, each family in the church helped 
provide food and helped serve it in 
garages, at the beach, at the park, at a 
camp site, and in a home. 

The Aiken teens made many new 
friendships as the two groups worked 
together distributing literature, garden- 
ing, spring cleaning, and camping. Pas- 
tor Taylor said, "The North vs the 
South added extra flavor for the week. 
One of our southern teens was really 
amazed to find that a northern teen 
wasn't some kind of a rare bird after 
all. The northern teens got a healthy 
dose of southern accents and grits. 
(One of our host families plans to mail 
5 pounds of grits to their fellow guests 
so they won't forget the good taste!) 

From a Host . . . 

"I feel the visit by the Osceola 
young people to our church was a per- 
sonal and spiritual treat. My wife and I 
and our three children enjoyed the ex- 
perience. The group as a whole was 
mannerly and considerate. This is a 
good way to 'Break Out' young 
people. In two or three years they will 
be off to college or work and placed in 
the turmoil of a non-Christian society 
with no real Christian fellowship to 
lean upon. This type of traveling to 
mission churches should help them in 
years to come. Our church services 
Sunday and Wednesday were the great- 
est ever and clearly helped the congre- 
gation to feel we, too, are growing. 
The idea seemed to work and we 
would appreciate a repeat visit."— 
Robert and Joyce Anderson 

From two Aiken Teens . . . 

We just wanted to say we enjoyed 
the teen-agers who came from Indiana. 
They were a blessing to our hearts and 
helped build up our faith. We especial- 
ly enjoyed Daryl and Ed for their 
steady work for Christ and because 
they were able to go out and witness 
for our church and distribute liter- 
ature. My mother and father also en- 
joyed Daryl and Ed. We do appreciate 
their kindness and faithfulness to us. 
We of the youth group thank you for 
your love of Christ and for us."— Brant 
and Derwin Hunt 

From a church Family . . . 

"We felt that it was a profitable 
week. 1) Both groups learned from 
each other. 2) It made many of our 
people (especially new families) more 
responsible and dependable— they be- 
came more involved in the church serv- 
ices. 3) Some of our people had never 
had the opportunity to have Christians 
staying in their homes. 4) It was cer- 
tainly good for our young people and 
the new friendships they made. 5) The 
Osceola group contributed much in 
the way of music and testimony in our 
church services. 6) Their physical labor 
and evangelism work was appreciated. 
7) Our group became more aware that 
there are other Brethren churches 
across the nation. 

We felt the teens displayed a good 
Christian witness and enthusiasm for 


the things of the Lord. They were very 
appreciative and loving. Our prayer is 
that God will continue to develop and 
train them in the future for His serv- 

From the Osceola Youth . . . 

"I felt that a lot of fellowship was 
displayed right in the work." ". . . my 

life has changed a lot. I've never felt so 
assured and secured before I met the 
Lord." "I also liked the time we had 
to share and talk to each other." "The 
ministry trip helped me to be able to 
talk with other people." "The ministry 
trip mainly helped me to learn more 
about people and how to learn to get 
along with them, how to give and take 
according to the needs of others. It 
helped me to realize how God can use 
you even if the thing you do is not a 
very good job." "I feel that the Lord 
really worked in my life during the 
trip and I think it has helped in my 
daily walk with him." "... I was doing 
work for the Lord and not only for 

myself ... I was blest with the spirit 
of the Lord." "I really got close with 
the Lord and got into reading the 
Bible. I learned to get along with 
people, too. I've learned to love the 
Lord more through it." "I went down 
there just to have fun but God really 
changed my life and put a lot more 
love in my heart." "The main reason I 
went to South Carolina was just to 
have a good time, which I did, but I 
got more than that. The Lord really 
helped me and showed me He was 
real." ". . . my life has really changed 
. . . ." "The greatest thing to me was 
just getting to know the people, and 
just feeling like a part of them." 

From the Osceola Youth Pastor, Paul 
Mutchler . . . 

February 1977 

"Thank You, Jesus, for that idea of 
ministry. It seems that the more the 
kids set their attention on others' 
needs, the more they see the reality of 
the Word. It would be great if the kids 
could have a real challenge, beyond 
what I can provide right now ... a 
ministry trip? Jesus, do You realize 
how cold it is here? Alaska would be 
warmer! Wait a minute! It doesn't 
matter where, because there is no time 
available — You know that, Jesus! 
What? Well, sure there is spring break, 
but, do You realize the problem with 
that? There are family vacations, jobs, 
and that's just one week before Easter, 
and only three weeks before Alleluia 
(You know all the work we have to do 
for that!). Besides, since I've been 

teaching school, I haven't seen much 
of Josh and Linda— I promised them- 
and my garden, and the lawn, and 
building that shed . . . Yeah, I know 
I've been praying about the kids' 
needs . . . Josh, Linda ... I know they 
are starting to look at serving joyful- 
ly .. . my week away from all those 
kids in school, my garden, that trip to 
Ohio . . . What? ... I didn't mean to 
sound like Jonah! I'm sorry. 

"OK, you guys, we've prayed about 
the trip for a couple of weeks now— 
Wednesday nights from 7:00-9:30, no 
unexcused absences, everybody work- 
ing, even if you can't sing, and it will 
cost $25 per person. 

"Jesus, I am willing— there were 17 
kids that committed to this ministry 

"Hello, Brethren Home Missions? 
Could I speak to Mr. Poland? Say, I've 

got a group of high school kids who 
call themselves 'New Light' . . . yeah, a 
place to minister, . . . right, spring 
vacation week . . . April 1-9! 

"Hello, Aiken, Grace Brethren 
Church? Could I speak to Steve Tay- 
lor? Say, I've got a group of high 
school kids who call themselves 'New 
Light' . . . yeah, a place to minis- 
ter . . . right, spring vacation, April 

"Jesus, You gotta give me strength! 
If I see one more kid with a puppet, a 
songbook, a paintbrush, or even a 
Bible, I'm gonna go nuts! I praise You 
that Your Spirit can enable me to 
serve— it surely is fun. Thanks for the 
joy of seeing these kids commit to this 
ministry, even perfect attendance at all 
the evangelism training meetings! Hey, 
Praise the Lord! Daryl just led another 
(Continued on page 10) 

JUNE 15, 1977 

(Continued from page 9) 
high school kid to You. And it's real! 
Lord, I believe You are already work- 
ing to provide a tremendous ministry. 
Wow, the way these kids pray and 
share with each other. And Steve says 
the Aiken people are doing the same. 
It's neat ! 

"Thank You, Jesus. Russ Smith, 
after hearing me share with the Men's 
Prayer Breakfast about the trip, just 
offered to become a youth sponsor 
and take a two-week vacation to help 
on the trip. Thanks for another answer 
to prayer! 

"Jesus, we all just knelt at the com- 
munion service and were commis- 
sioned to this ministry as an outreach 
of this local body of believers. May we 
humbly serve. 

"Jesus, thank you for letting me 
work with these kids. They were nerv- 
ous but they had just clearly presented 
Jesus Christ to bankers, businessmen, 
and county officials at the Elkhart Op- 
timists Club!" 
April 1, 2 a.m. 

"Jesus, they woke me up from the 
back seat of the station wagon to tell 
me we had a flat tire— then yelled 
'April Fool' when I struggled to find 
the tire! They're neat kids!" 

Finally, we found the Telford, Ten- 
nessee, church and had a great hour 
playing basketball and tennis before 
continuing our trip. The kids really en- 
joyed Pastor and Mrs. Farner. 

"Jesus, thanks for the car that 
broke down (and thanks for Russ, who 
is our auto mechanic and who brought 
his tools). I don't know if I would 
have ever heard David pray a non- 
church-programmed prayer had it not 
been for the breakdown!" 

We arrived, after 28 continuous 
April 2, Saturday 

"Thanks, Jesus, the kids were so 
tired after going to all those homes. 
But they were excited, too, about tell- 
ing the people in Aiken about the 
Grace Brethren Church." 
April 3, Sunday 

"Well, Lord, again I saw You use 
clay vessels and turn them into silver 
bowls. The more the kids got to know 
the Aiken people, the more they 
shared the burden for Aiken." 
April 4, Monday 

"Work and play. Wow, did they 
ever work! Thanks, Jesus, they really 
had fun. They never thought the two 
fit together!" 

(Continued on page 11 j 


Rev. Clyde K. Landrum who was born and reared in 
the Clayhole, Kentucky, area has accepted the call to 
return as pastor of the Clayhole Brethren Church. He 
will be serving as a semi-retiree but giving his "full time" 
to the ministry, you can be sure. The church he will be 
serving— he helped to build nearly 40 years ago. 

The Landrums, Clyde and Ruby, will be returning to 
Clayhole from Winona Lake, Indiana, where they have 
resided since 1955 when Mr. Landrum became assistant 
secretary in Foreign Missions and served there for ten 
years. He was the editor of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald for the next five years. 

Landrum has served the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches in many ways and thus has made valuable con- 
tributions to the Lord's work. He helped organize the 
Leesburg Brethren Church and pastored it a short time 
while attending Grace Theological Seminary. His first 
call to a full-time pastorate was Uniontown, Pennsyl- 
vania, and he served there from 1949 until moving to 
Winona Lake. He helped start the Community Grace 
Brethren Church, Warsaw, Indiana, and he was its first 
pastor and also co-founder of the Warsaw Christian 

Serving as secretary of our national conference for 
nearly 25 years has been Clyde's responsibility, and he is 
also serving on the board of directors of Grace Schools. 

The Landrums will be living in the Clayhole parson- 
age located next to the church. They will be living in the 
house Clyde's brother, Sewell, and his wife, occupied 
during the many years Sewell served the Clayhole Breth- 
ren Church as pastor. Pastor Clyde Landrum received a 
unanimous call to serve the same church his brother 
founded and served. We are sure in Kentucky it will be 
an easy switch from "Sewell and Hazel" to "Clyde and 
Ruby" Landrum. 


(Continued from page 10) 
April 5, Tuesday 

"Here I am at the beach, Lord. 
After getting rained out of the woods 
last night during our camp-out, I'm a 
little tired, but happy, too. It sure was 
a great experience for our kids to 
share, sing, pray and cry around the 
campfire last night. They hit the 
streets again, Lord, and really loved it. 
Our last evening in worship (Wed., Apr. 
6) was especially meaningful, too." 
April 7, Thursday 

"Jesus, how come the kids are cry- 
ing as we leave? And why are David, 
Bruce, and Ed making plans to come 
back this summer?" 
April 7, Thursday night 

"These Southern Baptists sure are 
friendly! They loved our service and 
fed us and housed us and even sent us 
on our way with an offering!" 
April 8, Friday 

"It's supernatural, Jesus! The kids 
knew from the beginning their contri- 
bution of $25 each would not cover 
the whole cost of the trip and that we 
would have to trust YOU for the 
rest . . . that is, they knew it in their 
heads— now they know it in their lives] 
We spent last night's offering on gas 
today, Jesus. You did see us through! 
Praise God!" 

April 9, Saturday 

"Thanks for a safe trip, Jesus, and 
for transformed kids who saw You 
work in and through them. Acts 1:8, 
'For you shall receive power ....'" 
April 10, Sunday 

"What a day of rejoicing! The evi- 
dent change, the joy, the tanned skin, 
the rededicated family, and the bap- 

tism in obedience to Jesus by Keith 
and Nancy. Thank You, Jesus. 'What a 
fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning 
on the everlasting arms' of You, dear 

Next Day and Following Days 

"Now, Jesus, about the ongoing 
ministry of those kids . . . and about 
the other 10-20 kids that didn't get to 

CidntutLAihaiwc QkanqsA in Tlcwajo ivoik 

Mr. Richard Jensen 

Rev. Larry Wedertz resigned his 
position as superintendent of the 
Brethren Navajo Mission and Boarding 
School effective June 1, 1977. And in 
his words "The decision to resign is 
based on personal reasons, and we be- 
lieve it is in the best interest of the 
total ministry of the Navajo Mission." 
Mr. Robert Lathrop will assume the 

position of acting superintendent until 
the new superintendent Mr. Richard 
Jensen arrives on the field. 

Wedertz has served on the Navajo 
Mission staff in various capacities for a 
period of 19 years and prior to that 
spent summer vacations at the Mission 
while in Grace College. During Larry's 
period of leadership many advance- 
ments have been accomplished in the 
Navajo work. He has seen the organiza- 
tion of a Navajo Grace Brethren 
Church, expansion of the Navajo 
school program, and many improve- 
ments in the Mission facilities. 

Rev. Richard Jensen, a graduate of 
Grace College and Seminary, will 
assume the directorship of the Mission 
starting in August 1977. Jensen has 
been elementary principal of the Mans- 
field Christian School for the past four 
years and prior to that was principal of 
the Cherry Valley Christian School. 
Richard's home church was Harrah, 
Washington, and his wife was from 

Mansfield, Ohio. Richard has served as 
student pastor, youth pastor, and in- 
terim pastor on occasions. 

The responsibility of the Navajo 
Mission and Boarding School has in- 
creased by "leaps and bounds" over 
the years. The school now has 125 stu- 
dents in it. The establishment of Nava- 
jo churches takes time and administra- 
tive assistance. There are also rules, 
regulations and laws that add to the 
load. For example, the Mission was 
given an ultimatum to have a sewage 
system installed by June 1 or close the 
school. There are now 15 buildings on 
the Mission compound and they re- 
quire constant maintaining and im- 
provements. The present staff consists 
of 21 people, 7 couples and 7 single 
members, and in addition some part- 
time help and TIME missionaries. 

Please pray for this change in lead- 
ership and for both the outgoing 
superintendent and the incoming 

JUNE 15, 1977 




From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association 

«The Grace Brethren Church of St. Petersburg, Fla., ob- 
served their "5th Bus Anniversary" on Feb. 13, 1977. 
They set out to break their previous record of 446 in 
Sunday School and set a goal of 500 which was ex- 
ceeded by four persons for a total of 504. Several addi- 
tional new records were set, including 365 persons riding 
the buses (the old record was 352) and 165 from one 
bus route (the old record, 121). Shown above is part of 
the "bus-in crowd." 

According to Associate Pastor Sam Baer at St. Peters- 
burg, Fla., Ken Siegrist is their "Bionic Bus Pastor." He 
is shown in the photo at top, second from left, along 
with his riders. Last fall, Ken jumped from an average of 
38 riders to 84, and he hopes to average 100 in 1977. 

• Garden Grove, Calif. (EP)— George Forman, the world's 
former heavyweight boxing champion, has shared his 
"born again" Christian experience with Dr. Robert H. 
Schuller's "Hour of Power" television program. Mr. For- 
man joined Dr. Schuller again at the Miami Marine Stadi- 
um for the Easter Sunrise Service and repeated his testi- 
mony. The minister asked Mr. Forman to work with him 
at a new Development Center in Southern California to 
serve youths of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. 

9 A patio-picnic shelter is in the process of being erected 
at Grace Brethren Village, Englewood, Ohio, by volun- 
teer labor from the men at First Brethren, Dayton, Ohio. 
The majority of funds for the project will be provided 
by the family of Steve Chirak as a fitting memorial to 
Steve who was the "Keeper of the Flowers" at the Vil- 

•The Free Grace Brethren Church, Riner, Va., author- 
ized the ordination service for their pastor, Ron Nave. 
Pastors of the Southeast District participating in the 
service were: Rev. Daniel Eshelman, Rev. Charles 
Flowers, Rev. Roy Glass, Rev. K. E. Richardson, with 
Rev. J. Paul Reno, pastor of the Gay Street Brethren 
Church, Hagerstown, Md., bringing the ordination mes- 

• Did you lose your Ac'centl 

It has come to our attention that due to difficulties 
with the postal service, some churches may not have 
received their copies of the last issue of Ac'cent (Winter 
77/Jan.-Feb.-Mar.). If your church did not receive this 
issue, please write Ac'cent, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590, so we may correct the problem. The spring issue 
(Apr.-May-June) is now in the mail. 

• A fellowship was held 
at the Ireland Grace 
Brethren Church, South 
Bend, Ind., in honor of 
Pastor and Mrs. Scott 
Weaver. They have fin- 
ished eight years in the 
pastorate at the Ireland 
Road Church. Testi- 
monies were given as to 
how the Lord had used 
the Weavers in the lives 
of the members of the 


• The pastors and wives of the Bellflower Brethren 
Church (Bellflower, Calif.) were breakfast hosts on 
Memorial Day to the local congregation. The memorable 
breakfast took place at the San Clemente Beach State 

• Realizing the importance of fellowship, the Com- 
munity Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind., planned a 
"Get-Acquainted Sunday." Each person was given a 
name tag, and following the morning services, a carry-in 
meal was shared, followed by a film. Then there was a 
time of various mixers to help everyone get acquainted. 
Each one participated in three different get-acquainted 
groups during the afternoon. 

• Rev. Herman Hein reports there were 30 first-time de- 
cisions, 50 rededications, and 140 decisions for dedi- 
cation to personal work in the 1 6 Brethren churches he 
was privileged to minister in this past winter. He will be 
available for this same type of ministry as the Lord sees 
fit to use him. 

• San Jose, Calif. (EP)— A conference on "The Christian 
in the Public School," aimed at presenting ways for 
teachers to introduce a Biblical perspective on subjects 
taught in the public school, was held here May 20 and 
21 by Student Action for Christ, Inc. (SAC) and the 
Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the National Educators 

Dan I. Rodden, president and founder of SAC, which 
was established in West Frankfort, 111., in 1972, said that 
"the conference will inform educators of their oppor- 
tunities and legal rights to teach from the theistic world 

According to Mr. Rodden, "all education is religious. 
Unfortunately, most courses today are taught from the 
naturalistic world view— a belief that God does not exist, 
or at best, that men live in a closed system in which God 
cannot intervene. Teachers are indoctrinating students 
when they present only naturalism and exclude theism." 

In Memory. 

nust be submitted in writing by the pastor 

Notices in this colu 

COBLENTZ, Minnie, 82, Apr. 13. A member of North 
Riverdale Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, and a five- 
year resident of Grace Brethren Village, Englewood, 
Ohio. Kenneth Cosgrove, pastor. 

DAKE, Betty, Apr. 27, a member of Brookville Grace 
Brethren Church, Brookville, Ohio. Clair Brickel, pastor. 
STECK, Walter, Mar. 1 5, a member of Brookville Grace 
Brethren Church, Brookville, Ohio. Clair Brickel, pastor. 
The following deaths are reported by the First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. Flory, Reva, Feb. 2; Richard- 
son, Hazel, Feb. 8; Milton, Earl, Feb. 11; Frutchey, 
Charleen, Mar. 20; Preston, Monte, Mar. 28; Brakeman, 
Floyd, Mar. 31 ; Milton, Mabel, Apr. 14. David Hocking, 

CROWDER, Ira, 55, Apr. 27, a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Covington, Va. Keith Zook, pastor. 
KEY, Gladys, 67, May 5, a life-long member of Grace 
Brethren Church, Covington, Va. She worked in the Sun- 
day School for 32 years and was also Allegheny County 
Director of Child Evangelism Fellowship for many years. 
Mother of Rev. Carl Key, director of development, 
Mansfield Christian School, Mansfield, Ohio. Keith 
Zook, pastor. 

SMITH, Lila, 68, Apr. 22, a member of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Covington, Va. Keith Zook, pastor. 

'Annual changes: Roy Kreimes, 147 Madison Ave., 
N.E., Concord, N.C. 28025 . . . The name of the Union- 
town (Pa.) Brethren Church has been changed to The 
Grace Brethren Church of Uniontown, Pa. . . . Richard 
Harstine, P. O. Box 327, Martinsburg, Pa. 16662 (Tel. 
814/793-4238).. . John Diaz, 501 W. Lincoln Ave., 
Lititz, Pa. 17543 ... Bill Stevens, 9390 Thompson Rd., 
R. R. 1, Box 59, Lake Odessa, Mich. 48849. 

• Dallas (EP)— Southern Baptists in Texas got the jump 
on their co-religionist, President Carter, by proposing an 
energy policy for churches a week before he unveiled his 
national energy plan. 

Leaders of the Baptist General Convention . . . pro- 
posed such measures as eliminating air conditioning in 
churches, forming car pools, and holding more meetings 
in private homes. 

• Robert Divine, assistant pastor at the Ireland Road 
Grace Brethren Church of South Bend, Ind., was or- 
dained to the Christian ministry. Pictured are the minis- 
ters who assisted in the service: (left to right) Rev. 
Robert Ashman, Rev. Kenneth Teague, Dr. Lester Pifer, 
Rev. Rollin Sandy, Rev. Michael Rockafellow, Rev. 
Scott Weaver, Rev. Ward Miller, Rev. Gordon Bracker. 
Rev. Robert Divine is kneeling in the center of the pic- 


A six-month's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald is given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

Mary Jane Blades and Gerald Stauffer, Dec. 31, 1976. 
North Riverdale Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 
Pat Huth and Rodney Fair, Feb. 1 1 , First Brethren 
Church, Sterling, Ohio. 

Sandra Thirkell and David Duffan, Mar. 7. Riverside 
Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 
Susan Keim and Gary Lydic, Mar. 21, Riverside Grace 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

Patty Inman and Kit Cushenbery, Apr. 9, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Colorado Springs, Colo. Rev. Thomas In- 
man, father of the bride, performed the ceremony. 

Nancy Shriner and Rick Coldren, Jan. 8, Grace Brethren 
Church, Kittanning, Pa. 

Debra McLaughlin and Daniel Hayes, Patterson Memori- 
al Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

JUNE 15, 1977 



The Hazard Of 

Professional People -Helpers 

Gary R. Collins 

(Editor's Note: From time to time, the Brethren Missionary Herald plans to reprint articles of interest from other 
Christian publications. A few of the articles may be of a controversial nature, and perhaps some of our readers 
may not agree with the authors or their conclusions, but we are presenting them to stimulate your thinking. This 
article is reprinted with permission from Christianity Today.) — CWT 

During his years on earth Jesus 
lived a life of compassion, and he 
clearly expected that his followers 
would be similarly concerned, in prac- 
tical ways, about the poor, the needy, 
and the distraught. In the epistles, 
compassion is a theme that comes up 
repeatedly. "Bear one another's bur- 
dens," we read. "Do good to all 
men. ... Visit orphans and widows in 
their distress. . . . contribute to the 
needs of the saints. . . . Practice hos- 
pitality. . . . Rejoice with those who 
rejoice, and weep with those who 
weep. ... If your enemy is hungry, 
feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him 
a drink. ... If a man is caught in any 
trespass, you who are spiritual, restore 
such a one. ... Love one another." If 
our beliefs do not result in compas- 
sionate acts, James wrote, then our 
faith is dead. 

But helping people can be a diffi- 
cult task. It takes time, effort, and 
patience, and according to recent 
studies at the University of California 
in Berkeley, it is common for counse- 
lors and other dedicated helpers to 
"burn out," exhausted by the de- 
mands of people in need ("Burned Out 
Samaritans," Human Behavior, Sep- 
tember, 1976). Psychologists, psychia- 
trists, nurses, social workers, and 
physicians were among the 200 people 
interviewed by Dr. Christina Maslach 
and the Berkeley research team but 
the findings surely extend to pastoral 
counselors and other Christians who 
work intensively with people. 

Burn-out occurs when we work 
closely with troubled human beings 

over long periods of time and with 
little opportunity to retreat. When a 
helper can leave his or her work at the 
office and return to a stable and relax- 
ing home situation, burn-out is less 
likely to occur. But leaving the work 
behind is difficult, often impossible, 
for a church leader. The ministry is 
with us wherever we go. As a result, 
burn-out is a common— though often 
unrecognized— condition of Christian 

People in need demand much in the 
way of counsel and help but can give 
little in return. This can be emotional- 
ly and physically draining for the help- 
er. Helping requires intensive concen- 
tration. The counselor may feel the 
pain of those who are hurting. He ex- 
erts great amounts of energy in helping 
others with their problems. And the 
process of helping can seem endless. 
As one crisis is resolved and someone 
improves, other crises arise and more 
needy people appear. The helper is 
likely to keep on working when fa- 
tigue sets in. And when people don't 
improve— as often happens— or when 
progress is short-lived, the helper may 
blame himself. He may think he is a 
failure as a counselor and keep trying 
harder, pushing closer and closer to 
the limits of his endurance. 

Furthermore, in dealing with others 
the helper may encounter problems 
that trigger insecurities and stimulate 
awareness of hurts within himself. If 
he doesn't know how to cope with 
these feelings, they can threaten his 
own stability and sense of self-worth. 
"There are a lot of hurting helpers, in- 


eluding pastors," a counselor said to 
me recently. 

Books and case studies can make 
counseling look easy and always suc- 
cessful, but in the real world, counse- 
lors soon realize that there are no easy, 
clearcut solutions to complicated 
problems, some of which arise from 
situations over which the counselee 
has little control. Helping people is 
hard work and sometimes unsuccess- 
ful. This can be threatening to the 
helper who is struggling to succeed. 

As we burn out, slowly or rapidly, 
we become less and less effective in 
helping people. To protect ourselves 
we withdraw subtly from the needy 
people in our environment. According 
to the Berkeley researchers, there are a 
variety of ways to withdraw: 

•We may, for example, detach our- 
selves by our language, describing our 
counselees and parishioners in ways 
that make them appear less human and 
more like impersonal objects. It's no 
longer "Mr. Smith" or "Miss Jones"; 
it's "that old trouble-maker," "the 
neurotic," "my thorn in the flesh," or 
even "the congregation." 

•We detach ourselves by humor, 
laughing about our people or perhaps 
joking about them with a colleague in 
an unconscious attempt to feel less 
bothered by their pain. "I have to 
laugh," one counselor confessed; "it's 
the only way I can keep from crying." 

• We detach ourselves by aloofness. 
We don't answer the telephone, or de- 
velop a more distant manner, or make 
less time available for counseling ap- 
pointments (sometimes by arriving 
late), or simply cut down on the 
length of interviews or hospital visits. 

•We detach ourselves by cynicism, 
developing a negative attitude toward 
people. "It's their own fault that they 
have these problems," one counselor 
concluded. Then there is guilt: we who 
are supposed to be loving don't like to 
acknowledge even self-defensive ten- 
dencies that are negative and cynical. 

Whether or not these detachment 
techniques are effective or even tried, 
people-helpers may notice that the 
stress of their work begins to take a 
toll in other ways. There is often ten- 
sion at home when the up-tight 
people-helper begins to unwind. Physi- 
cal symptoms such as back pain, ul- 
cers, exhaustion, insomnia, and mi- 

graine headaches, as well as more seri- 
ous illnesses, are all characteristic of 

Even social life can be affected. 
"We don't have any friends and we 
don't have much fun," a young pas- 
tor's wife stated recently in my office. 
Only six months into the ministry, this 
couple had found their "leisure time" 
being spent with people who were hav- 
ing problems. They were afraid to 
make friends with less needy couples 
in the church lest they be accused of 
forming cliques or playing favorites. 

When all else fails, the Berkeley re- 
searchers discovered, people-helpers 
simply quit. They change jobs or go 
back to school, where they interact 
with ideas instead of people and pre- 
pare for some kind of work that is less 
personal and less demanding. 

Burn-out is very common among 
Christians, but is it inevitable? I can't 
imagine Jesus becoming burned out, 
and I think his followers can avoid it, 
too. There are some steps we can take 
to stay compassionate and avoid be- 
coming cold, unsympathetic, and de- 

First, to prevent burn-out, we need 
spiritual strength. We know it intel- 
lectually, but in daily life we some- 
times forget that we are involved in a 
battle with spiritual forces of darkness 
and wickedness (Eph. 6:12). Burned- 
out Christians may very well be people 
who have been losing the battle against 
Satan. Christian people-helpers need to 
be bolstered by regular periods of 
prayer and meditation on the Word. 
Other members of the body of Christ 
should pray daily for those who are 
involved in the struggle of mending 
broken lives. 

Second, to avoid burn-out, we need 
support. When professional counselors 
meet together regularly to encourage 
and advise one another and discuss 
counseling cases, burn-out is much less 
frequent. "One of my parishioners is 
constantly trying to manipulate me 
and make me feel guilty," a pastor 
told me recently. "This makes me 
angry, and that interferes with my 
work." An honest sharing of such feel- 
ings with colleagues can be helpful, 
especially if there can be prayer to- 
gether and a discussion of how to 
handle difficult situations. 

(Continued on page 16) 

JUNE 15, 1977 

(Continued from page 15) 

A support system of three or four 
friends (including, perhaps, one's 
spouse) can help one keep a balanced 
perspective on people-helping activi- 
ties. It helps, too, if these supporting 
friends accept us completely because 
of who we are. Too often we are ac- 
cepted for what we do, and this puts 
us under pressure to perform. We all 
need at least one person with whom 
we can cry, one person who knows our 
weaknesses can be trusted not to use 
this knowledge against us. 

Such sharing with friends or other 
helpers need not violate confidences. 
Two counselors, for example, can dis- 
cuss counseling problems without re- 
vealing information that would identi- 
fy the persons involved. 

The third way to avoid burn-out is 
to take time out from people. In hos- 
pitals and clinics it has been found 
that professionals cope better with the 
demands of people-helping when they 
can withdraw periodically into work 
that is less people-centered. Nurses, for 
example, are less likely to burn out if 
they have days on which they do 
paperwork or in some other way are 
relieved of contact with patients. 

This is more difficult for counse- 
lors; they simply cannot turn over 
their counseling responsibilities to 
someone else. Unlike the professional 
psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, 
however, the pastoral counselor does 
have other responsibilities that permit 
a break from the demands of people. 
Withdrawing for a while each day into 
one's study (or into a secluded place in 
a local library) can be a way of taking 
time out from the demands of needy 
people. In his solitary periods away 
from the crowds, Jesus undoubtedly 
was taking a much needed time out. 

We must not, however, always take 
these respites when we are home. It is 
easy, after working all day with 
people, to go home expecting to avoid 
everybody, including the members of 
our families. A woman who sees only 
children during the day and yearns for 

adult contact in the evening isn't going 
to be very happy if her husband with- 
draws after dinner each night. We all 
like solitude at home occasionally, but 
it is unfair to withdraw from our fami- 
lies at night because we need time 
away from people. To accomplish 
these times out without neglecting the 
family, it may be necessary to sched- 
ule "buffer times," periods of relaxa- 
tion or solitude that come at the end 
of the work day (or at the end of, say, 
a concentrated speaking engagement) 
and rejuvenate us before we rejoin our 

Sharing the load is a fourth way to 
prevent burn-out. Professional counse- 
lors, including pastoral counselors, 
must learn to share their people- 
helping responsibilities with associates 
and non-professionals. There is increas- 
ing evidence that sensitive, caring lay- 
men can do a very effective job as 
people-helpers. Occasionally they are 
even more effective than professionals. 
Often they can spot problems in the 
early stages of development and help 
to prevent them from getting worse. 

Finally, there is the matter of train- 
ing. We need to train lay people to be 
people-helpers. Even more important, 
we professionals must learn how to 
show love and compassion in our work 
with needy people but not be over- 
whelmed by the problems. This train- 
ing should be part of any counselor- 
education program. Regrettably, few 
programs— secular or religious— teach 
future counselors how to handle the 
stress of working intensively with 

It used to be said that believers 
should drive themselves in Christian 
service and "burn out for Jesus." But 
to burn out is to be tired, ineffective, 
and aloof from others in need. Instead 
we need to pace ourselves, get our 
strength and wisdom from the Lord, 
find support from other believers, and 
share our helping responsibilities so 
that we can continue to show the com- 
passion and burden-bearing that Christ 
expects of his followers. 


an fipacan 
<Rjdu/in& diomn 

.Vicki DeBolt 

What is it like to come to America 
from a foreign country to study in an 
American School? What adjustments 
have to be made? 

Pierre Yougouda left his home in 
Africa to come to the United States to 
study at Grace Theological Seminary, 
Winona Lake, Indiana. Along with 
Pierre came his wife, Martine, and his 
daughter, Laurentine, who is now five. 
Pierre's schooling in Africa was in the 
Cameroons. It was in 1963 he received 
Christ as his Saviour and enrolled at 
the Brethren Bible Institute in the 
Central African Republic (now the 
Central African Empire). After com- 
pleting his studies there, he returned 
to the Cameroons for two years as a 
pastor for a Brethren group. He was 
then called back to the Brethren Bible 
Institute as a teacher in theology and 
New Testament. He taught there for 
five years and then in 1973, the Afri- 
can National Council of Brethren 
Churches selected Pierre to come to 
the States to study at Grace Theologi- 
cal Seminary. 

When he first arrived at Grace, 
Pierre enrolled in Grace College to 
study English and Greek. Pierre felt 
the English course would help him in 
writing his seminary papers. In 1974 
he began his M.Div. program at Grace 
Theological Seminary. 

Pierre and his family had to make 
many adjustments to live, in an Ameri- 
can culture. "Time," said Pierre, "has 
been the biggest adjustment. In Africa 
the people are not as conscious of time 
and usually are not concerned about 

being at a certain place at a certain 
time. They take as much time as they 
need to conduct their business, or just 
to talk." But here Pierre had to learn 
to respect time because people were 
always rushing to get somewhere at a 
certain time, and also he had to learn 
to be at a class at a certain time. 

Another adjustment for Pierre and 
his family was the weather. In Africa 
there is no snow, and the Yougoudas 
were introduced to their first snow in 
1973. Commenting on this year's un- 
seasonably cold weather, he said, "It 
was BAD." 

In coming to the States, Pierre's 
wife also had to make adjustments. 
One of these for Martine was learning 
to use the many modern appliances in 
a typical American home, such as a re- 
frigerator, and also learning to cook on 
a stove instead of cooking over an 
open fire with an oven made of brick. 

How will the courses he has taken 
here at Grace help Pierre as he returns 
to Africa? The subjects such as Homi- 
letics, Greek, Hebrew, and Theology 
will help him in training the African 
pastors to research their Bibles and to 
study the Word of God on their own. 
In addition to returning to his teaching 
career at the institute, he also plans to 
write books to help pastors in their 
study of God's Word. 

While at Grace, the Yougoudas at- 
tended Winona Lake Brethren Church. 
In comparing the United States Breth- 
ren Church to the one in Africa, Pierre 
remarked that there were not many 
blacks in the Brethren Church in the 

States. Also he felt there was a lack of 
visitation among the members. In 
Africa, especially during the after- 
noons and evenings, the African Chris- 
tians go to each other's homes and sit 
and talk. They share their problems 
and have very personal discussions. 

What problems does Pierre foresee 
as he and his family prepare for the 
return to Africa which was scheduled 
for June 7? A big problem may be in 
being accepted by the people in Afri- 
ca. There are some in his country that 
feel if a black has studied in America, 
he now thinks like an American and is 
like the missionaries and would rather 
be with the missionaries. Pierre, how- 
ever, plans to live among his people 
and work with them. 

Things they will have to do without 
will include clocks, cars, eating three 
meals a day, stoves, and other modern 
appliances. They will also have to boil 
all their drinking water. Included in 
the things they will do without will be 
money, as they will not have much of 

The Yougoudas also return to Afri- 
ca with two more children born here 
in the United States; Eric, age three, 
and Jeffrey, now five months. The 
Yougoudas have shown the children 
slides of Africa, and they have also 
taught the older two many of the cus- 
toms they will find in their homeland. 

While in the States, Pierre has been 
able to travel extensively speaking to 
churches and to groups of pastors. 

(Continued on page 22) 

JUNE 15, 1977 

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Bachelor of Arts- 

Gene Adams 

Grace Brethren 
Worthington, Ohio 


Cynthia Ashman 

First Brethren 


One-year service under 

Wooster, Ohio 

TIME in Africa 

Quinn Bass 

Grace Brethren 


Help with family ranch 

Okeechobee, Florida 

and church work 

Holly Bennett 

First Brethren 
Kittanning, Pennsylvania 

Social Studies 

Robert Butterbaugh 

Woodville Grace Brethren 

Biblical Language 


Mansfield, Ohio 

and Bible 

Shcryl Coburn 

Winona Lake Brethren 

Math. Education 

Missions in 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

South America 

Michael Coldren 

Grace Brethren 

Music Education- 


Worthington, Ohio 

Vocal Sec. 

Elizabeth Cutler 

First Brethren 
Wooster, Ohio 


Work in journalism 

Michael Fitzhugh 

Community Grace Brethren 
Warsaw, Indiana 


Grace Seminary 

Sally Green 

Suburban Brethren 



Hatboro, Pennsylvania 


Kathleen Griffith 

Penn Valley Grace Brethren 
Telford, Pennsylvania 



Randall Groff 

Grace Brethren 


Wycliffe Bible 

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania 


Eldon Grubb 

Ankenytown Grace Brethren 
Bellville, Ohio 


Grace Seminary 

Jonathon Hall 

Grace Brethren 
Ashland, Ohio 


Ashland Seminary 

Mark Hammett 

Grace Brethren 
Temple Hills, Maryland 



Albert Hauck 

Third Brethren 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 


Work and Seminary 

James Hocking 

First Brethren 


TIME program 

Long Beach, California 

and seminary 

Douglas Holub 

Spokane Valley Grace Brethren 
Spokane, Washington 


Rebecca Kent 

Winona Lake Brethren 
Winona Lake, Indiana 



Linda Kisner 

First Brethren 
Akron, Ohio 


Nora Macon 

First Brethren 
Akron, Ohio 



Kathy Manduka 

Ireland Road Grace Brethren 
South Bend, Indiana 

Biblical Studies 

Mission field 

Gary Nieter 

Ireland Road Grace Brethren 
South Bend, Indiana 

Art Area Teaching 

Teach art; 
Master's work 

Robin Phillippi 

Listie Grace Brethren 
Listie, Pennsylvania 


Viki Rife 

Community Grace Brethren 
Warsaw, Indiana 


Larry Robbins 

Winona Lake Brethren 
Winona Lake, Indiana 


International Linguistic 
Center, Dallas, Texas 

Judy Roderick 

Grace Brethren 
Fort Wayne, Indiana 

Psychology; Bible 

Social work and 

Teresa Schilperoort 

Harrah Brethren 
Harrah, Washington 

Spanish (inst.) 

Nursing school 

Gay Teeter 

First Brethren 
Akron, Ohio 

Sociology and 

Kevin Zuber 

Grace Brethren 
Davenport, Iowa 


Grace Seminary 

Bachelor of Science- 

Nancy Coldren 

First Brethren 
Kittanning, Pennsylvania 

Elementary education 


Glenn Cutler 

First Brethren 
Wooster, Ohio 

Physical education 

Paula Dawson 

Grace Brethren 
Clayton, Ohio 

Elementary education 


Linda Dilling 

Vicksburg Grace Brethren 
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania 


Kim Gibson 

Grace Brethren 
Elyria, Ohio 

Elementary education 

Colleen Howell 

Grace Brethren 
Sunnyside, Washington 

Elementary education 


Calvin Imhoff 

Patterson Park Brethren 
Dayton, Ohio 

Physical education 

Teach and coach in 
Christian school 

Albert LaMaster 

Winona Lake Brethren 
Winona Lake, Indiana 


Dennis Lapp 

Grace Brethren 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 


Business field 

Linda Nolt 

First Brethren 
Rittman, Ohio 

Elementary education 

Teach— elementary 

Marvin Retzer 

Grace Brethren 
Sunnyside, Washington 

Elementary education 


John Rife 

Community Grace Brethren 
Warsaw, Indiana 

Elementary education 

Grace Seminary; 

M.A. in Christian School 

Administration; teaching 

Jodie Sargen 

Grace Brethren 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Physical education 
and Health 


Bruce Stone 

Los Altos Grace Brethren 
Long Beach, California 



Frances Unger 

First Brethren 
Winchester, Virginia 

Elementary education 


Randal Weimer 

Simi Community Brethren 
Simi Valley, California 


Plumbing Wholesale Co. 

Gary Woolman 

Winona Lake Brethren 
Winona Lake, Indiana 


Tennis pro or CPA 

Mark Workman 

Wooster First Brethren 
Wooster, Ohio 

Business; Bible 


Bachelor of Music Education- 

Teaching; Air Force 

Gary Jarnagin 

Woodville Grace Brethren 
Mansfield, Ohio 


Saundra Rowe 

First Brethren 
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 



Sheryl Skiles 

Greenwood Grace Brethren 
Modesto, California 


Teach piano; 
work pre-school 

Steven Stauffer 

Winona Lake Brethren 
Winona Lake, Indiana 


Someone has said, "to remember one's name is to give him life." 

Your special gift to Grace College and Seminary helps to . . . 

• "Remember" the name of the departed one and to perpetuate his/her life 
through the lives of our students, or 

•"Honor" the name of the living one on his/her birthday, anniversary, or 
some other special occasion. 

We promptly acknowledge all gifts, sending either a card of "sympathy," 
or of "congratulations" without mentioning the amount of your gift. 

Following are those remembered in recent months. 

In Memory of : 

Dr. Lloyd E. Fish 

Mrs. Sylvia Kent 

Mrs. Clara Cunningham 


Given by : 

Mrs. Evelyn Uphouse 

Mrs. Lloyd E. Fish 

Men's Bible Class, Ghent Brethren 

Church, Elwood Kingery, Roanoke, Va. 

Mr. and Mrs. William Rooney 

Ruth WMC, Peru, Ind. 

Peru Brethren Church, 

Peru, Ind. 

Brethren Ministerial Fellowship, 

Roanoke, Va. 

Please mail all gifts to: 

LIVING MEMORIALS Grace Schools Winona Lake, IN 46590 


1977 GMC€ S€MINdRY 

Master of Divinity- 

Carl Baker 

Penn Valley Grace Brethren, Telford, 



Richard Battis 

Winona Lake Brethren, Winona Lake, 


Th.M.— Grace Seminary 

J. Timothy Coyle 

Grace Brethren, Worthington, Ohio 

Home Missions 

Mary Coyle 

Community Grace Brethren, Warsaw, 


Home Missions 

Larry Edwards 

Grace Brethren, Fort Wayne, Indiana 

Christian day school 
teaching and administration 

Edward Gross 

Grace Brethren, Goleta, California 


Richard Harrell 

Community Grace Brethren, Whittier 


Brethren Foreign Missions 
at Bessao, the Chad 

Elliott Hudson 

Winona Lake Brethren, Winona Lake, 


Roger Krynock 

Leesburg Brethren, Leesburg, Indiana 

Pastorate— Garwin, Iowa 

A. David Mitchell 

Sidney Grace Brethren, Sidney, Indiana 

Full-time ministry 

John Nale 

Winona Lake Brethren, Winona Lake, 


Teaching w/assistant 

Peter Peer 

Bethel Brethren, Berne, Indiana 

Pierre Yougouda 

Union des Eglises Evangeliques des Freres, Africa 

Master of Theology- 

James Custer 

Grace Brethren, Worthington, Ohio 


Richard Mayhue 

Grace Brethren, Worthington, Ohio 

George Zemek 

Grace Brethren, Warsaw, Indiana 

Christian School Administration- 

Robert Brenneman 

Bethel Brethren, Osceola, Indiana 

Richard Brundage 

Grace Brethren, Lexington, Ohio 

Youth pastor, Grace Brethren, 
Lexington, Ohio 

Certificate in Biblical Studies- 

Gary Austin 

Community Grace Brethren, Warsaw, 


Return to CAE as 

Stephen Knierim 

Brookville Grace Brethren, Brookville 


Assistant pastor or 
youth pastor 

Darlene Nale 

Winona Lake Brethren, Winona Lake, 


Eugene Oliver 

Winona Lake Brethren, Winona Lake, 


Currently construction 
coordinator and chief draftsman 

Paulette Sauders 

Winona Lake Brethren, Winona Lake, 



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Mike Boze of Berne, took the top honor at the 
third annual Grace College juried student art show 
this year. Mike's painting entitled "B17's & F190's 
over Europe" won the Best of Exhibit award. He also 
won an honorable mention for another painting. 

There were 6 awards of $25 each donated by area 
banks and interested people from the community 
with a $50 prize going to the winner of Best of Ex- 
hibit. Dr. John Davis, executive vice president of 
Grace Schools, and Mrs. Davis, and Dr. John Whit- 
comb, of Grace Seminary's faculty, and Mrs. Whit- 
comb donated the $50 Best of Exhibit Prize. 

David French, Warsaw, won the Best in Painting 
award and the Best in Two-Dimensional award, each 
for $25. His painting was entitled "Los Gauchos De 
La Pampa," and the Two-Dimensional was entitled 
"Metamorphosis." The Lake City Bank was the spon- 
sor for the Best in Painting award, and the Counting 
House Bank sponsored the Best in Two-Dimensional 

The Best in Drawing award, sponsored by the Col- 
lege Bookstore, went to Dan Smith of Jefferson, 
Ohio, for "Portrait of Babe." In addition to this $25 

award, Dan also took two honorable mentions. 

Robert Vandermark's untitled piece won the Best 
in Ceramics award of $25. Robert of Syracuse, was 
awarded his prize by the First National Bank. 

Carolyn Battis of Warsaw, won the award for the 
Best in Sculpture. Her work was entitled "Leaping 
Boy." This $25 award was donated by the People's 
State Bank of Leesburg. 

The Best in Printmaking award went to Gary 
Nieter of South Bend for his work, "At the Zoo." 
Gary also won three honorable mentions. His award 
was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Kennedy of 

Also receiving honorable mentions were Cami 
Robbins of Warsaw, Jim Zielasko of Winona Lake, 
and Sam Siggs of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. 

Mr. Jim Voirol was the juror for this year's student 
exhibit. He is currently the Assistant Director at the 
Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne. Mr. 
Voirol has been instrumental in arranging for the Art 
Department various exhibits from the museum's own 
collection to be exhibited in Grace's own art gallery. 

The art of 15 students was displayed in the 47- 
piece exhibit. Nine students won awards and honors. 

an tffhkan 
(RsdwwA dinmsi 

(Continued from page 7 7) 

Also he toured the Holy Land and en- 
joyed not only being in the country 
where Christ lived and ministered, but 
he experienced a little nostalgia as 
many of the customs there reminded 
him of Africa. 

When asked how we Christians here 
can best pray for African Christians, 
Pierre said to pray there would be 
more commentaries and study guides 
sent to the pastors. With additional 
reading materials, they could more 

effectively minister to their congre- 
gations. In advising a missionary candi- 
date who will be considering the Afri- 
can field, Pierre remarked that the per- 
son should be well trained in the Bible. 
He also should not go to Africa with 
the idea that the people are not well 
educated. It will be of invaluable help 
for the missionary to keep in close 
contact with the villages and the 
people there. 

Pierre will be leaving many friends 
at Grace and Winona Lake. However, 
he will be returning to Africa where 
God has called him to serve among his 
own people. 

Finally to express his sentiments, 
Pierre wishes to express his "gratitude 

and appreciation to all the Christians 
in Brethren churches in the USA for 
their aid in the years of preparation in 
this country. 

"Words are inadequate to convey 
my sincere gratitude to God for the 
privilege of studying under faithful 
men of God in Grace Theological 
Seminary. I would also like to make 
known my deepest thanks to all my 
friends who gave me help in the 
English language and in typing papers. 

"I would also like to thank my wife 
for her help during these years. It is 
hard to find words that can even begin 
to tell her how thoughtful she has 
been. Without her, this further training 
would have been almost impossible." 



Featured Speakers 


Rev. Robert Thompson 

AUGUST 12 19, 1977 

Dr. Elmer Towns 

Christian Education 


Dr. Lehman Strauss 

Conference Evening 


977 National Conference Daily Program 


5th Annual Christian Education Convention 

2:30 p.m. Registration and Displays 

3:00 p.m. Opening Rally: Elmer Towns 

3:45 p.m. Workshops 

7:30 p.m. Evening Rally: 

Speaker: Elmer Towns 



9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Workshops 
2:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m 
7:30 p.m. 


Rally Extravaganza 

Speaker: Elmer Towns 


Sunday School Awards 

3:30 a.m. 
1 :00 a.m. 

Sunday School Classes for All Ages 

Speaker: Elmer Towns 
Missions Rally 

(A presentation by the Foreign Missionary Society of the Breth- 
ren Church and the Brethren Home Missions Council) 

?:30p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

5:45 p.m. 

7:00 p.m. 

3:45 p.m.— 9:45 p.m. 


3:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. 

3:00 a.m.- 9:45 a.m. 

1:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

):45a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

2:30 p.m. 

5:45 p.m. 

':00 p.m. 

3:45 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. 
3:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. 
3:00 a.m.- 9:45 a.m. 
):00a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
):45a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

Pre-service instrumental and vocal prelude 
Moderator's Address: Rev. Robert Thompson 
"The Church Triumphant" — Sacred Musical 

Conference Business: Session 1 

Bible Hour: Rev. James Custer 

Corporation Meeting: Brethren Home Missions 

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Reflections By Still Waters 


dm emasm 

Charles W. Turner 

July 4th this year cannot be the 
same. Not the same as it was last year 
anyway, with all the exciting build-up 
for months— it was a grand and glori- 
ous celebration. I think someday I 
may sit down with future grandchil- 
dren and tell them all about that big 
year. It was our nation's 200th birth- 
day and the towns, little and big, had 
their parades and fireworks, and the 
nation had one massive old-fashioned 
flag-waving time. The big ships came 
to New York Harbor. Williamsburg 
and Gettysburg had special days. NBC, 
CBS and ABC covered it all with tele- 
vision. I even learned to like Walter 
Cronkite for one day as he described 
our Bicentennial Birthday Party. 

That was a year ago and now we are 
not 200 years old, but we are 201 and 
the spark will not glow quite as bright- 
ly in 1977. This was brought home to 
me a few weeks ago in Georgia when I 
stopped for gas at an interchange on 
Interstate 75. There they were— all the 
same types of souvenirs displayed. The 
wares have not changed a great deal as 
far as most of them are concerned— the 
postcards, corncob pipes, confederate 

flags, and pecans. The newest attrac- 
tions somehow centered around pea- 
nuts and southern dictionaries, but 
one table was for the "quick-sale" 
specials. This year the distress items 
are the leftovers from last year's Bicen- 
tennial sales. There seemed to be an 
especially large surplus of red, white 
and blue Bicentennial coffee cups, and 
the price was drastically reduced. I 
imagine there arc several reasons for 
their sales value dropping. After all, 
when a Bicentennial is over it is over! 
Another evident reason— who can af- 
ford coffee in the 201st year of our 
history? If you buy coffee you have 
no money left for cup. (I am glad 
to be a non-drinker of this precious 
substance during its monetary moon- 

But enough discussion of coffee, let 
us get back to the cup. I imagine if 
you keep the cup for about five years, 
the price will begin to soar because it 
will then be part of Americana and a 
genuine antique. After all, it seems 
that anything that will endure a few 
years becomes unrealistically valuable. 

But if only one year old it is then out 
of date, and used, and of little value. 

Being able to discern between what 
is old and valueless and old and an- 
tique takes more judgment than I can 
come up with at times. So often we 
have rejected the old because we con- 
sider it of little worth. We have a pres- 
ent complex in this country that age is 
to be fought at all costs. To be young 
has its advantages, but to reject and to 
count of little value those who are in 
their later years is neither moral nor 
fair. Age brings experience and experi- 
ence brings wisdom, but we have put 
the measure of worth of a person on 
the date he or she bears on a birth 
certificate. January 1 on the calendar 
implies to many that they can start 
anew; this is not true. It is equally not 
true that a 65th birthday terminates 
the effectiveness of a person's life. 

Sometimes the "distress table" of 
life where the price and apparent 
worth have been lessened may be the 
source of some of the great buys for 
future use. This truth applies to things, 
but has a far greater application in 
terms of human lives. 


in the 


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Dear Reader, 

jWe are now in the process of complet- 
, ing four years of the Bible Study series 
L in the Brethren Adult Sunday School. 
[The format has been a study book to 
t be used throughout the week to enrich 
t the personal life of the Bible student. 
jThe study guide also serves as a Bible 
t commentary long after the quarter's 
t study has been completed. We have 
j sought for in-depth study by spending 
i considerable time on the books of the 



(Cover photo: The nation is now 201 years old, 
but there are still reminders of the Bicentennial 
with us. It is July 4th again and the sound of 
patriotism is in the land. [Photo: Charles Turner 
at Disney World, Florida. ) 

35 YEARS AGO- 1942 

Grace Brethren Church 
Hagerstown, Maryland, continues 
to build— the bricklayers have fin- 
ished and roof nears comple- 
tion. . . . Youth Camp at Bethany 
is announced with Leo Polman as 
director; Kenneth Ashman, dean of 
boys; and Leila Polman as dean of 
girls. The Polmans have purchased the 
Garfield Hotel. 

In the past we studied large sections 
of the Bible during a quarter. Remem 
ber when you had to cover Galatians, 
Ephesians, and Philippians in one 
quarter? In our series we have com 
pleted most of the basic books of the 
New Testament and some of the Old 

Vo!ume39 Number 13 July 1,1977 

Publ-ished bimonthly by 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Printed by BMH Printing 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 


Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor 
Kenneth E. Herman 

Editorial Secretary 

Fern L. Sandy 

Subscription Secretary: Diane Evans 
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Design & Layout Artist: Timothy Kennedy 

Departmental Editors: Christian Educa- 
tion: Knute Larson, James Long. Foreign 
Missions: Rev. John Zielasko, Marcia 
Wardell. Grace Schools: Dr. Homer A. 
Kent, Jr., Terry White. Home Missions: 
Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda Hoke 

15 YEARS AGO- 1962 

The "Grace Brethren Home for the Re- 
tired" was incorporated in the state of 
Maryland. It is intended to serve five 
eastern seaboard districts. . . . Dr. W. A. 
Ogden announced his retirement from the 
vice presidency of Grace Schools. 

New assignments are being made for 

future years, and we have sought to 

take into account your suggestions. 

You have said there is often too much 

technical language used and also Greek 

terms with which you are not familiar. 

You have suggested the use of your 

"everyday vocabulary." Others would 

like more topical studies included, and 

this will be possible now that the basic 

foundations have been laid. We ask for 

suggestions in which you have a partic 

ular interest, and we will seek to bring 

you true-to-the-Bible studies in these 


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5 YEARS AGO-1972 

The George Peters were dedicated to their 
second term in Africa. . . . The "One Ac- 
cord" group from Grace Schools presented 
the program at the annual senior banquet in 
the North Atlantic District. 

JULY 1, 1977 

Remember, it takes from one to three 
years from the time assignments are 

made until they appear in completed 

book form. 

Thanks for your loyal support of the 
study guides. Your suggestions have 
been good guidelines for our proce- 
dures, and your support has encouraged ' 
us to continue. We are still learning, 
and we trust you are as well.— CWT 

Wfimsnt with WiMwn& 

Three Factors 
in Mission Strategy 

The church is at war. At least, there 
are sufficient military illustrations in 
the Scriptures to warrant a comparison 
of the plan of God for this age with a 
military campaign. Paul, for example, 
speaks of the soldier's battle dress and 
admonishes the Christian to check his 
armor (Eph. 6:11). Timothy is advised 
to "war a good warfare" (I Tim. 1:18), 
and "endure hardness, as a good 
soldier of Jesus Christ" (II Tim. 2:3). 
Jude tells Christians to contend strenu- 
ously in defense of the faith (Jude 3). 
Now, any army that hopes to be effec- 
tive takes seriously its raison d'etre 
and spends considerable time and ef- 
fort on its strategy. Most assuredly the 
church and her missionary enterprises 
cannot afford to do less. 

An army exists for two reasons: 1) 
for protection, and 2) for conquest. 

The presence of U. S. Army troops 
in Korea and Germany gives these two 
countries protection and keeps the 
communist armies from conquest. 

The division of the Brazilian army 
stationed in north Brazil at Macapa has 
for its motto, "For the protection and 
development of the Amazon Valley." 

The church exists for the same two 
reasons: 1) for the protection of the 
saints; this includes salvation, love, 
security, fellowship, and so forth; 2) 

Part I 

Rev. John W. Zielasko 

for conquest— evangelism and missions. 
It is the latter of these that occupies 
our attention now. 

Perhaps nowhere in Christian circles 
is the heat and intensity of the battle 
felt so keenly as in missions. The 
world, the flesh, and the devil do not 
yield easily before the missionary ad- 

The world is still under the influ- 
ence of the prince of the power of the 
air (Eph. 2:2). Notwithstanding, it is 
the sphere of missions (Matt 13:38). 
Consider, for example, the millions de- 
luded by religions that have nothing to 
do with Christ— 538 million in Islam; 
524 million in Hinduism; 250 million 
in Buddhism; 60 million in Shintoism. 
This enemy territory must be pene- 
trated if the billions are to be reached. 

The flesh disqualifies many from 
missionary service. Unwilling to en- 
dure the hardness that Paul speaks 
about, the flesh instead seeks comfort, 
indulgence, and security, and thereby 
enslaves many Christians, thus pro- 
hibiting their commitment to the mis- 
sionary call. The flesh also keeps mil- 
lions from bowing the knee in sur- 
render to Christ for salvation. 

The devil— Jesus speaks of the devil 
as the prince of this world (John 
12:31; John 14:30). He is named 

Abadoun (Hebrew) and Apollyon 
(Greek)— both words meaning "the de- 
stroyer." And what is his major activi- 
ty? A review of the Scriptures reveals 
that it is he who: 

1) Sows tares in the field (Matt. 

2) Takes the Word out of hearts (Luke 

3) Uses evil persons to turn people 
away from the Lord (Acts 13:8, 

4) Tempts Christians (I Cor. 7:5); 

5) Seduced Eve to eat the forbidden 
fruit (Gen. 3:1-5); 

6) Persuaded David to number Israel (I 
Chron. 21:1); 

7) Sought to turn Jesus away from His 
mission (Matt, 4:1); 

8) Led Judas to commit the dastardly 
deed of betrayal (John 13:2); 

9) Deceives men (Rev. 20:10). 

In short, he is engaged in total war 
against humanity. 

All Christians face these three 
enemies, but not to the same degree as 
the missionary who is fulfilling his call 
to penetrate culture and language and 
preach the Gospel to the non- 
Christian. Such missionaries are the 
front-line combat troops. They are the 
ones expected to step over the line 
that separates faith from non-faith, be- 

The flesh keeps millions 
from bowing the knee in surrender to Christ. 


lief from non-belief, and to advance 
against the devil even in those areas 
that he considers safe from attack— the 
enslaved masses untouched by the 
Christian faith (800 million in China; 
500 million in India; 111 million in 
Japan; 21 million in Oceania; 400 mil- 
lion in Europe; 300 million in Latin 

On such a battlefield, strategy is 
needed if the missionary is going to 
engage the enemy and win. The annals 
of military history provide us with an 
important model. 

Many factors go into the strategy of 
combat, but there are three that stand 
out above all others. They are fire- 
power, mobility, and communication. 
All armies of the world always have 
and are, in fact, at this very moment in 
the process of evaluating these three 
factors, and not without good reason. 
So important are they in the conduct 
of a war that failure to maintain su- 
periority in any one will result in de- 
feat. For example, Custer was defeated 
by the superior and overwhelming fire- 
power of the Indians. And it was a 
lack of communication that turned 
the tide of battle at Gettysburg. At 
one point in the battle the Rebels 
were in a position to overpower the 
Yankee forces, but faulty communi- 
cation denied them the good fortune 
to press their advantage. 

In the spiritual warfare in which 
missionaries are engaged, the same 
three factors are imperative but often 
overlooked. In order to fulfill its role 
in conquest, the three ingredients of 
power, mobility, and communication 
must be provided by the church in 
abundant measure. Let's look at each 
more carefully. 

I. Firepower. In the beginning of 
the naval encounters between the 
British and the U. S. ships, the British 
looked with disdain upon this new 
navy. They didn't really take it seri- 
ously at all. Britain ruled the waves 
and now this upstart American navy 
with no history, no proud tradition, 
and no experience would dare to think 
that it could engage in battle and hope 
to outrun and outgun the British fleet? 
But their haughty attitude did not in- 
timidate the fledging American navy- 
after all, military victories are not won 

by tradition. The British fleet, resting 
on its reputation, was great at polish- 
ing brass, but it had neglected to prac- 
tice gunnery. The upstart American 
navy, on the other hand, wasn't much 
for spit and polish, but her gunners 
spent hours in learning how to get 
those cannonballs hitting the target 
from a rolling deck. They also put into 
practice two other principles that 
proved to be devastating to the Brit- 

1) They departed from British tra- 
dition in the proper use of the cannon 
aboard ship. The British would fire on 
the upward roll of the ship and thus 
either hit the rigging or miss alto- 
gether. The Americans, on the other 
hand, learned to fire on the downward 
roll and thus had more hits on the rig- 
ging and the hull. A pretty clever 
change, wouldn't you agree? 

2) The second innovation also paid 
great dividends in these naval duels. 
The American navy had 20-pound can- 
nons, compared to the 18-pounders of 
the British. Together these two prin- 
ciples spelled effective firepower. 

Spiritual power is available to us, 
but we must learn to use that power 
effectively. The word "power" in the 
King James Version is a translation of 
two different Greek words. One means 
"force" or "ability." The other is bet- 
ter translated "authority." Both types 
are available to the Christian. 

* The Christian is assured that God has 
the ability to deliver from evil. "For 
thine is the kingdom, and the power 
[ability], and the glory" (Matt. 

* The Christian can proclaim the Gos- 
pel in full confidence that a be- 
liever's sins are forgiven. ". . . the 
Son of man hath power [authority] 

on earth to forgive sins" (Mark 

* The power of Jesus Christ is greater 
than evil spirits. "He then gave 
power [authority] against unclean 
spirits" (Matt. 10:1). 

* The authority of Christ is universal. 
"All power [authority] is given unto 
me in heaven and in earth" (Matt. 

* Christ is the power of God (I Cor. 

* The Gospel is the power of God 
(Rom. 1:16). 

* The Bible speaks of "the exceeding 
greatness of his power" (Eph. 1:19), 
and Ephesians 3:20 says this power 
works in the Christian. 

* The Book of Hebrews assures us that 
it is Christ who upholds "all things 
by the word of his power" (Hcb. 

But this power is effective only 
when it hits the target. 

I n foreign missions would you 
hazard a guess as to how much of the 
Gospel's power is directed against the 
unbeliever? A recent analysis lists only 
27 percent of today's Protestant mis- 
sion force as engaged in evangelism 
and church planting. Yet, less than 1 
percent of Japan is Christian. Only 2 
percent of the people in India claim 
Christ as Saviour. One-tenth of 1 per- 
cent of the population of Thailand 
bow the knee to Christ, to say nothing 
of the millions in Europe and America 
who are shrouded in a threadbare 
cloak of Christendom but know little 
of Christ and the glorious message of 
freedom and hope in Him. It appears 
that we need to beef up the firepower. 
(To be continued) 

JULY 1, 1977 

Rev. Jack Churchill 

Her children found it in a trash heap. A 
Watch Tower Society version of the Bible. 
They brought it home and Lupe leafed 
through it. Something very different from 
the comic books and cheap novels she usual- 
ly read. She picked it up occasionally during 
the following weeks and tried to make sense 
out of its strange words. Somehow she felt 
she should find out what this book was 
about No one came from the Watch Tower 
Society. They didn't even know she had one 
of their Bibles. 

But He who rules and overrules in the 
affairs of men could bring this highly imper- 
fect version from a trash heap, arouse an in- 
terest in a busy mother's heart, and lead her 
on from there into an experience of salva- 

A Vacation Bible School was planned in 
the colonia on the outskirts of Tijuana 
where Lupe lived. It was held in the home of 
a neighbor who went around inviting every- 
body. There was a class for adults, too. 
"You must come, Lupe. Leave those dirty 
clothes to soak, and come. They'll be wait- 
ing for you when you get back." So, Lupe 
came, listened, and realized that this was just 
what she'd been wanting to hear ever since 
that Bible came into her home. Sometime 
later she opened her life to Christ and His 
salvation and followed that step by baptism. 

But the story doesn't end there. In the 
picture Lupe is holding a prized possession— 
a combination radio-cassette recorder oper- 
ated by batteries because there is no electric- 
ity in her colonia. Her unconverted husband 
gave her the money to buy it— an answer to 
prayer. She records the gospel broadcasts 
that come over local Tijuana stations and 
then goes around to her neighbors' homes. 
She flips on the recording and says: "Neigh- 
bor, listen to this!" On occasions she even 
puts her wash tub and scrub board (remem- 
ber, no electricity) out in the front yard, sets 
the recorder on the fence, so passers-by can 
hear the gospel music and the messages. 
After all, dirty clothes just don't wash them- 
selves. You have to face them eventually. 
But why not make them just a sideline ac- 
tivity while you carry on the real business of 
life— giving your neighbors a chance to hear 
the words of eternal life. 

How do you get your neighbors to listen? 


(pwdwM in S&wi& 

Few people enjoy working alone. 
We are a socially oriented people and 
most of us work better when someone 
works with us. Christ sent the disciples 
out in pairs— not alone. 

How thankful we are to have many 
of you as partners in the work of the 
Central African Empire. As you pray 
and give, the Lord blesses us with 
strength and wisdom for the task, and 
He blesses His Word and fruit is born. 
You are important to us! 

However, we also need someone 
with us on the field— partners as we 
work. During the years that we have 
been in the Central African Empire, 
we have worked with many different 
missionaries on several mission sta- 
tions. We have had the joy of working 
closely with some fine African lead- 
ers—both men and women. There have 
been trials, disagreements, advances, 
and defeats, but always there has been 
someone close by to share in these ex- 
periences—to lift up in times of dis- 
couragement, to rejoice with in times 
of joy. This is an important part of 
missionary service. To be a part of the 

family, a part of the team working for 
the building of a strong African church 
is a tremendous responsibility. Each 
one must view his work as a part of 
the whole, not separate from it. 

TIME (Training In Missionary En- 
deavor) candidates have been impor- 
tant partners in the work in C.A.E. in 
recent years. The missionary force has 
been greatly reduced through various 
circumstances, and these young people 
have been willing to give a year of 
their lives to share in the work— to 
lighten the heavy burden by carrying 
part of the load. 

This year for the first time in the 
Central African Empire, couples will 
be sent under this program. We have a 
special interest in one of these 
couples— Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hocking. 
Jim is our eldest son and he and his 
wife, Faye, will be returning to Africa 
with us in July. Jim and Faye are both 
Grace College graduates and are pre- 
paring themselves for career mission- 
Mrs. Don Hocking 

ary service. After their year in C.A.E. , 
Jim will enter Grace Seminary, Lord 
willing. Jim has felt the Lord leading 
him into missionary service for a num- 
ber of years, and when he visited us in 
Africa in the summer of 1974 he told 
the African Church of his intention to 
return. He has mechanical ability and 
this will be one of his responsibili- 
ties—to help in keeping the cars, 
trucks, light plants, and water pumps 
running. Faye will have an opportuni- 
ty to learn the Sango language, and to 
see the various aspects of African life, 
culture, and missionary work that are 
so familiar to her husband. Jim spent 
14 years of his life there. 

Since our other three boys will be 
remaining in the States for their ad- 
vanced education, it is a special thrill 
to have Jim and Faye return with us. 
Separation is never easy, and as we 
anticipated returning to the field with- 
out any of our boys, the Lord under- 
stood our need and has given us this 
special blessing. Pray for us and for 
our new partners in the work— Jim and 
Faye Hocking. 

JULY 1, 1977 

•Mexican Gems 

from the Capital 


About eight years ago, one of our 
ladies brought a prayer request to our 
women's group. Would we please pray 
for a relative, a young man just arrived 
from Chiapas? He had come to the 
capital to undergo a very serious 
operation for which there was very 
little hope of success. 

A little over a year ago a young 
man began to attend our youth group 
and our evening services. On one of 
these occasions I approached him and 
asked his name. 

"Cesar Lara," he said. "Don't you 
remember praying for a young man 
from Chiapas? Well, I'm that young 
man. I'm completely well." 

Cesar is presently studying medi- 
cine. He lacks two years before gradu- 
ating. It is very probable that he will 
spend a year in the States perfecting 
his English. 

I have translated his testimony. 

Will you remember to pray for this 
young professional, a Christian?— Amy 

"After the operation you will be 
partially paralyzed." It was then, in 
those critical moments of my life, that 
I felt the urgent need for God to ex- 
tend His hand toward me. 

I was born July 30, 1953, in Tuxtla 
Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. My child- 
hood was, perhaps, basically the same 
as many others. I was surrounded with 
love and family care, which is so neces- 
sary for a child's satisfactory develop- 
ment. Of course, I had my ups and 
downs emotionally. These seem to be 
an indispensable part of growing up. 

for it is in this way that one learns the 
concepts of that which is agreeable or 
disagreeable, ugly or beautiful, and 
right or wrong. 

Within my infant world there was 
little interest in knowing what God 
was like. And in any case, if I had been 
certain of His existence, I would have 
left it up to Him to make Himself 
known to me. He would have been ex- 
pected always to protect me from all 
conflicts, difficulties, and dangers. 
And, naturally, I would always be vic- 

However, during my early teens, 
when new pretensions and frustrations 
presented themselves, I concluded 
definitely that there must be no God. 
Since He couldn't defend me from 
life's thorns, He either did not exist, or 
was too weak to be worthy of confi- 

Then came the words, when I was 
only 15 years old: "After the opera- 
tion you will be partially paralyzed. 
Half of your ability to move will be 
lost." This was the crudest blow of all. 
I was ill, and there wasn't the remotest 
possibility of a complete cure. It was 
then, in those critical moments of my 
life, that I felt the urgent need for God 
to extend His hand toward me. How 

sad it is that most of us wait until 
some traumatic experience overtakes 
us— and then we think of God! 

But— my operation was successful 
and I wasn't paralyzed. All agreed that 
my recovery was a miracle from God. 
Many others in similar circumstances 
had not recovered. I had to believe in 
Him, and I began to have a clearer con- 
cept of His influence over me. I began 
to meditate on the fact that God has a 
plan for each one. I decided that it was 
my responsibility to know that plan 
and to conform to it, even though 
many difficulties might present them- 

Neal Armstrong, one of the great 
history makers of our time, once said 
something like this: "As we continue 
advancing, we know God more." I be- 
lieve that this could very well be ap- 
plied to each and every aspect of life's 
pathway. We must continue on in spite 
of the thorns or thistles because, after 
all, the prick of the thorns teaches us 
more about God.— Cesar Lara 

Lila Sheely 

It's Not Supposed 

to Rain in the 

Dry Season! 

Inside the bush chapel, Mary Cripe gives out awards at the end 
of Lumiere camp. 

"Mary, do you see what I see? What 
a charming little house!" 

On close inspection, however, Mary 
Cripe and I discovered that if we put 
our kitchen supplies, clothes trunks, 
and class materials inside, there would 
be room for nothing else but a tooth- 
brush, and we would be left sleeping 
out under the stars! Since the grass- 
and-cornstalk shelter had been made 
especially for us during our two weeks 
of classes, we decided we'd better put 
the cots inside and leave the kitchen 

Poor Matthew, our faithful cook- 
how many times he packed up the 
kitchen, and then had to unload it 
each morning. But after all, with hun- 
gry goats, pigs, dogs, and cows on the 
loose, you can't be too careful. 

It was not my first experience in a 
grass house. I had been through this 
just two years before. So, I was ready 
for it. Fully prepared. 

There was a snag, however. It 
rained. It's not supposed to rain during 
dry season! That's why the pastor and 
deacons had proudly and confidently 
built the grass shelter for us. In fact, 
even when the wind whipped up and 
the black clouds rolled in fast, nobody 
could believe that it really would rain. 
The pastor gazed into the heavens, 
clucked a few times in his throat as 
they do in amazement, and calmly re- 
ported that we really didn't have any- 
thing to worry about. Besides, "If 
worse comes to worst, you can come 
over to my house." 

So— nobody was believing— until— 
those huge drops began to fall. I ran 
inside and rolled up the bedding as 
quickly as possible-both mine and 
Mary's, too. Only one problem, the 
plastic tablecloths I used to cover the 
bedrolls were not quite big enough. 
That night we slept on dry cots and 
sleeping bags, that is, dry through the 

Lila and the little grass house 

middle— but a little damp around the 

We got through the night well 
enough, and next day repaired the 
damages: hung out the pillows, sheets, 
bedrolls, and so on, to dry; cleaned the 
mud off the trunks and tabletops and 
brushed up the wet grass off the earth 
floor. Looked as good as new. 

That day the strangest thing hap- 
pened—we had a repeat performance! 
Same wet fringes on the bedrolls, same 
mud patterns on the tabletops. But 
Mary and i were sitting high and dry in 
the pastor's house chatting about the 
"good old days." 

The next day went by uneventfully. 
The rains were over! We went to bed 
tired and sleepy, but dry and content. 
That's when the trouble really started. 
It rained. And it rained. I did what I 
could for our cots and bedding by put- 
ting the plastic tablecloths over the 
top of our mosquito nets. Mary's 
worked out pretty well— except for the 
water running down the side of the 
net! I didn't have that problem at all, 
but my tablecloth was too short for 
me and the water started dripping 
down onto my feet. I got up and 
flung a couple of rugs over the foot of 
the net (genuine throw rugs these 

Have you ever slept under a mos- 
quito net? Not very convenient for 
getting in and out of! So, I habitually 
keep with me, under my net, those 
"essentials" I may have need of in the 
night— radio, flashlight, Bible, devo- 
tional book, box of Kleenex, tube of 
Mentholatum, and my glasses so that I 
can find all these when I need them. 
The one thing I desperately needed, I 

(Continued on page 11) 

JULY 1, 1977 


Miss Estella Myers 

(FMS editor's note: Not long before 
her death 20 years ago, pioneer mis- 
sionary Miss Estella Myers wrote a 
series of articles dealing with the estab- 
lishment of the Brethren missions in 
Africa. This installment, the seventh in 
the series, is reprinted from the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald for June 9, 

From a letter written to my mother 
on February 4, 1921, I quote: 

"Praise the Lord for His loving 
kindness. His love endureth forever; 
the victory is won. Last evening Mr. 
Pinelli came with Mr. Circus, the in- 
spector from Brazzaville, to visit us, 
and they announced that we now have 
full permission to evangelize the 
people, start a school and a hospital, 
have industrial work, and so on. You 
no doubt will receive the news before 
this letter reaches you, for we are go- 
ing to cable as soon as we can. We shall 
advance toward the interior as health 
will permit. We certainly are weak 
physically and await help prayerfully; 
God knows all. Dr. Gribble is very sick 
and Mr. Gribble had fever yesterday. I 
move in pain with pleurisy and weak- 
ness. The nights have been very cold to 
be up with the sick. We strive to keep 
close to the Lord, for we know He will 
see us through. We will go northeast to 
Bozoum, to a higher place. The trip 
will be long and hard. How much we 
need more people and your prayers. 

"Brazzaville has asked for so many 
translations of our theology, our 
songs, and the message we preach. We 
must send them in the languages of 
Baya and French. This takes a good 
deal of time. Doctor has not been well 
enough to do this, and 1 have been 

spending my spare time in translating. 
Of course I enjoy this work." 

After Mr. Pinelli and Mr. Circus 
told us that permission to open a mis- 
sion station was granted, they did not 
stay long since both the Gribbles were 
sick in bed. However, they requested 
Mr. Gribble to come to the office as 
soon as he was able. 

When Mr. Gribble's temperature 
dropped to normal, he went to see the 
inspector, and they made plans for us 
to move on toward Bozoum. At that 
time the future looked hard as ever, 
but we rejoiced in the Lord and had 
faith He would help. Dr. Gribble was 
too sick to think of traveling, and we 
decided that Mr. Gribble should go 
alone and choose a location for the 

"We pray the Lord of the harvest 

to send forth workers 

into His harvest field. 

Somehow I feel that you have 

a special joy in your hearts 

at this time, and yet a great 

burden for prayer. We are 

willing to spend and 

be spent for the Lord." 

first station. I would stay and care for 
Dr. Gribble and little Marguerite. I 
wrote that it would be hard for us to 
see him go alone and hard on him to 
leave us, but we rested on the strength 
of God for we were all weak physical- 
ly. Again I wrote: "Tell everyone who 
asks that we have permission, and may 
those who may hear God's call come 
forth to tell the gospel story in this 
unreached field. The door is wide 
open. We pray the Lord of the harvest 
to send forth workers into His harvest 
field. Somehow I feel you have a 
special joy in your hearts at this time, 
and yet a great burden for prayer. We 
are willing to spend and be spent for 
the Lord." 

After Mr. Gribble had finished the 
little house he was building for Dr. 
Gribble, where she might be safe from 
the rays of the sun, he left on his trip 
to explore the country around Bo- 
zoum. At that time Bozoum was under 
military government. The captain 
there had visited us at Carnot and was 
glad we desired to locate near Bo- 
zoum. The Carnot administrator 
wanted us to remain at Carnot, but 
cur hearts longed to start the work in 
Oubangui-Chari— because of its greater 
accessibility to all future workers who 
could come up in larger river boats to 
Bangui from Brazzaville. 

While Mr. Gribble was on his trip 
we wrote to him often, sending to him 
bread and cookies which we made 
from peanuts that he liked so well. He 
sent letters back with our porters. One 
day the porter returned bringing with 
him a Karre boy, Noetemo, whom Mr. 
Gribble sent to teach us his language. 
Mr. Gribble had located the first sta- 
tion in the Karre mountains. The place 


A native village by the river's edge. 

was called Bassai by the natives, mean- 
ing "catch-small-animals," for small 
animals lived in abundance among the 
rocks on the mountain. 

Mr. Gribble told us that the captain 
at Bozoum wanted to give him an 
armed soldier to go with him in ex- 
ploring Karreland, but he refused to 
take him. He said he did not need him. 
The government feared the, Karre for 
they were cannibals, and the govern- 
ment felt responsible for all white 
people in their territory. They told the 
soldier to go along but to keep hidden 
from Mr. Gribble. At times Mr. Grib- 
ble saw the soldier peeking from be- 
hind trees or huts, but paid no atten- 
tion to him. Mr. Gribble wanted the 
people to know he trusted them and 
wanted them to trust him. When enter- 
ing a new place where you are not 
known, it is dangerous to carry any 
kind of arms. It excites fear in the 
heart of the native, and he may feel 
that you want to harm him and that 
he should act first. 

After Mr. Gribble chose the first 
site for the station, he went to Bangui, 
the capital of Oubangui-Chari, to see 
the Governor. He preached in the vil- 
lages all along the way as he traveled. 

As the days and weeks passed, Dr. 
Gribble continued to improve; yet, she 
felt more and more that she should go 
home to America to recuperate before 
going to the new station. She wrote to 
her husband her desire, and he re- 
turned to Carnot, not to take us to our 

new home in Karreland but to make 
arrangements for her homegoing to 
America. We were indeed glad to see 
him and happy to learn all about the 
new place and the people. He had been 
gone 14 weeks. 

Ii was decided that I should go with 
Dr. Gribble and Marguerite down to 
Matadi to take the steamer, and if 
Doctor was not well enough to go 
home alone, I should go with her. We 
were to take with us Pondo, the Baya 
boy, and Noetemo, the Karre, to help 
in the traveling to Brazzaville and the 
language work. After the packing was 
finished, Mr. Gribble took us down the 
river to Nola. Wc traveled down the 
river in canoes, the same way as we 
had come up a year and a half before, 
and yet the trip was made more quick- 
ly. At Nola we waited for a boat to 
take us to Brazzaville while Mr. Grib- 
ble returned to Carnot to take the bag- 
gage to Bassai. At the new station he 
had the natives build mud huts for the 
coming missionaries, and he went 
again to Bangui to make the final ar- 
rangements for the opening of the mis- 
sion station at Bassai. 

On our way down to Matadi Mar- 
guerite contracted whooping cough. 
Since no contagious disease was per- 
mitted on the passenger lines, we were 
compelled to wait at Matadi for her 

During those waiting days Dr. Grib- 
ble regained her health, and she was 
able to go home with her child who 

also was well. They sailed for America 
on September 14. 

About this lime news came that 
Orville Jobson and Charlotte Hillcgas 
were in France and would be coming 
to Africa shortly. We had sent Pondo 
up the river from Brazzaville to Bangui 
with the baggage that wc needed com- 
ing down the river, as well as the bag- 
gage that had collected at Brazzaville 
for us. I had Noetemo with me, and 
continued to study die Karre language 
with him. We needed to wait for the 
new party and decided that we had 
time to attend the Bolengc conference 
in Belgian Congo. It was indeed a 
spiritual feast for me to hear so many 
missionaries tell how they worked for 
the Lord in heathen lands. I also en- 
joyed the needed rest. Mr. Haas was 
also at the conference. He had arrived 
with his new party many months be- 

Great joy filled my heart as I 
praised the Lord for new workers and 
for the fact that whosoever will might 
enter this territory to evangelize the 

It's Not Supposed to Rain . . . 

(Continued from page 91 

didn't have that night— a four-quart 
saucepan to catch the drips! Right be- 
tween the feet would have been per- 
fect. I pulled my knees up under my 
chin and went to sleep. 

Several times the "squish-squish" 
woke me up. Turning over wasn't easy. 
I was bogged down in the soggy sheet 
blanket— from the knees down! 

Actually, I could have tolerated all 
that, but a real tragedy struck before 
the night was over. My radio fell out 
of bed! The mosquito net was tucked 
under my mattress, of course, but the 
radio never slowed down. Taking the 
path of least resistance, it went right 
through the net leaving a jagged, gap- 
ing hole big enough for an eagle to 
soar through— to say nothing of legions 
of mosquitoes. 

Wonder of wonders, wc got through 
the camp without malaria, pneumonia, 
or losing our sense of humor. It was a 
good camp. I'd do it all over again. In 
fact. I suspect Mary already has us 
lined up for another just like it for 
next year! Only next time I'm throw- 
ing in a saucepan! 

JULY 1, 1977 

News Summary 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association ^B' 

; Bethel Brethren Church of Osceola, Ind., has purchased 
48 acres of land on Beech Rd., where they plan to re- 
locate their facilities. In the photo, Steve Mihojevich, 
left, financial secretary, is giving a check for $10,000 
toward the purchase to Mrs. Betty Green, the seller. Pas- 
tor Ward Miller is at right. At present the Sunday morn- 
ing services are held in the Christian Day School gym to 
accommodate the attendance. Proposed plans call for a 
sanctuary and Christian education building on the new 
property, which will also house grades one through six 
of the Christian Day School. 

; Ed Miller scores a point for the Mighty Amazons! Dur- 
ing spring vacation, the high school youth group of the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind., held 
a 71-hour Volleyball Marathon and Rock-a-thon to raise 
money for kitchen facilities and supplies for the home 
missions church at Coolville, Ohio. Forty-six high 
schoolers participated, and the group divided into two 

teams— M.A.S.H. (Mighty Amazon Super Humans) cap- 
tained by Ed Miller, and Hobie's Heroes led by Youth 
Pastor Dave Hobert. The final score was M.A.S.H., 3,481 
and Hobie's Heroes, 3,470. More than $1,000 was raised, 
with Duane Brickel receiving the plaque for the most 
money earned ($293.21) and Don Thompson for the 
most hours played (66). (Photo by Gordon Austin) 


•At the 1977 Evangelical Press Association convention 
held this year in Springfield, Mo., three awards were won 
by the Brethren Missionary Herald magazine and GBC 
Christian Education Ac'cent. In the photo, Jim Long 
(right), publications director for GBC Christian Educa- 
tion, receives a first-place award in the Creative Medium 
category for his feature, "Founding Father's Game" in 
Ac'cent. Presenting the award (left) is Norm Rohrer, 
executive secretary of EPA. Ac'cent also won a third 
place award in the Photo Feature category for "I'm 
Looking for What Isn't There," created by Kent Good (a 
Grace Seminary student) and written by Jim Long. The 
Brethren Missionary Herald received a third-place award 
in the Best Full-color Cover category for the "Streets of 
Jerusalem" photo which appeared in the December 1976 


A six-month's free subscription to trie Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald is given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

Wanda Mahler and Clarence Wildermann, Feb. 19, Listie 
Brethren Church, Listie, Pa. 

Norma Cervantes and Andy Sharpe, Mar. 26, Grace 
Brethren Church, Mabton, Wash. 

Marianne Metzger and Barry Fisher, Apr. 16, Reading 
Brethren Church, Stoystown, Pa. 

Rebecca Linkswiler and Richard Anderson, Apr. 26, 
Grace Brethren Church, Covington, Va. 
Katy Hartman and Michael Zimmerman, May 21, Clear- 
brook Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 
Bonnie Lou Saunders and Dale Kent Smith. May 28, 
Grace Brethren Church of Danville, Danville, Ohio. 

•Annual changes. Clyde Landrum, Box 219, Clayhole, 
Ky. 41317 .. . Nelson Hall, c/o Grace Brethren Church, 
507 S. Juniper Ave., Toppenish, Wash. 98948. 

•On a recent Sunday morning, Pastor Mike Morris and 
three elders of the Los Altos Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif., participated in a commissioning service for 
Debbie Smith who was set aside as a TIME missionary to 
France for this summer. Since January the congregation 
has been supplying her support funds and have eagerly 
anticipated having their OWN missionary on the field. 

s The West Covina (Calif.) Brethren Church ordained 
Pastor Philip Teran to the Christian ministry. Rev. 
Archer Baum, the pastor's father-in-law, presided at the 
ordination and also gave the ordination address. District 
pastors participating in the service were Kenneth 
Churchill, Norman Schrock, Donald Carter, Richard 
DeArmey, and John Mayes. Pictured in the photo at top 
are Deacon William Artz, Rev. Archer Baum, Deacon 
Paul Goodwin, and center, Pastor Philip Teran. In lower 
photo the Archer Baums stand with their daughter and 
her husband, the Philip Terans. 

In Memory. 

Noticesin this coll. 

j st be submitted i 

iting by the pastor 

CAMPBELL, Ollie, 72, May 8, a charter member of the 
Clearbrook Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. C. A. 
Flowers, pastor. 

SIMMONS, Mary, 97, May 6, the oldest member of the 
Clearbrook Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. C. A. 
Flowers, pastor. 

JULY 1, 1977 


nop I no to n€ip in v.nrisTiQn 
youth, and church growth 

Carina and Christian Ed 

* Christian education-the discipling process of growth in the 
knowledge and grace of Christ that makes a believer a minister- 
servant and a responsible part of the church-is exciting. 

And important! 

What is your part in your local church? 

You're needed for sure! 

Thank you thank you thank you to all who responded to our 
recent letter asking for dollar support for the GBC Christian 
Education ministries. Our needs are there every week, and a lot 
of churches give. And individuals who see the good of the minis- 
tries to churches and youth programs and missions helps that we 
pray for, have responded. 

If you wish to help in our current program of giving and 
supporting, we want to give your local church credit, and we also 
want to send you a tape on the Christian home as our thanks. 
The tape includes a message on husband-wife love on one side (I 
did it, at the request of our board) and an interview with Mara- 
bel Morgan on the other side (you've got to hear that before you 
call her "total" or "totalled!"). 

Offerings to our ministries were $70,000 last year. Our ex- 

penses, not counting National Youth Conference, were 
$109,000. Some of the difference came in with material sales, 
but some of it did not! We need your help, and are not embar- 
rassed to ask. GBC people always care and give when the minis- 
tries are important and need it. 

So thank you! 

If you would like to share, please include your church's name 
and whether or not you want the tape, and send your gift and a 
promise to pray to 

Box 365 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

We really love you, but this will even help us get stronger to 
love you more! 

Thanks for caring. 

Knute Larson, Executive Director, GBC Christian Education 



•Average attendance of all reporting Sun- 
day Schools'-May 1976-164; May 




•Growth index based on 181 reporting 



Church Pastor 


churches: | 

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A - 

Whittier, Calif. 

May 1976 weekly average attendance- 

I ri 


(Community) John Mayes 

Robert Wilson 

May 1977 weekly average attendance- 



B - 

Johnstown, Pa. 




o * 

(Riverside) Don Rough 

Ronald Carnevali 

Net Loss in reporting churches-737 per- 
sons or down 2.5 percent. 

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C - 

Sunnyside, Wash. John Terrell 

.James O'Malley 



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Conemaugh, Pa. 

73 churches registered increases totaling— 

ro c 

E - 

(Singer Hill) Marvin Lowery 

Gail Howie 

101 churches registered losses totaling— 

South Bend. Ind. Scott Weaver ■ 

Robert Divine 


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D — 


F - 

Peru, Ind. James Marshall 
Beaumont, Calif. Curtis Wildish 

Steve Jackson 

Largest numerical increase-North Lauder- 


G - 

Chaunce Hamilton 

dale, Fla. 
Largest percentage increase— North Laud- 


ra u 

H - 

Bethlehem, Pa. Ron Guiles 

Ken Brown 

erdale, Fla. 

3 2 

1 - 

North Lauderdale, Fla. Jack Peters, Jr. 

Durwood Brooks 

'The larger the number of reporting 



J - 

Hemet. Calif. Richard Rohrer 

Minnie McPhail 

churches, the more accurately these figures 


J o 

will represent the church growth picture of 

« a 

RECORD ATTENDANCES-Modesto, Calif. (Gree 

jod)-138; Lanham, 

the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 


3 > 


171; Bethlehem, Pa.- 137; Hagerstown, Md. 


y St. 1-178; Johns- 

We urge the total support of the churches of 


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. Pa. (Riverside)-558; Lititz, Pa.-334. 

the FGBC in this computer-evaluated 



o o 

church growth analysis which is provided 

free of charge to churches of the Fellowship 

< ll 

by the Christian Education Department. 

T3e Kind 
to Your 

Knute Larson 

This is "Be Kind to Your Pastor" month. 

I made it up, but let's make it happen anyway. Na- 
tional "Be Kind to Your Pastor" month. 

I mean he's no big deal. But he ("they" perhaps) has 
a special ministry from God and from you, the church 

By popular demand, or at least because I asked for it, 
here are some ways to celebrate "Be Kind to Your Pas- 
tor" month: 

1. Pray for him, and let him know. 

If you don't tell him, only God will know. If you tell 
him, it will be encouraging. One good way to let him 
know: make an appointment and stop by the office and 
pray for his ministry (if you don't he may leave the 
church because no one has called on him recently!— that 
was just a joke). 

2. Find out how much he's paid, and make sure it's 
fair by talking to someone on the finance committee or 
bringing it up at the budget meeting. 

Churches have really been fair by adding benefits and 
car expenses and not counting it salary, by paying some 
retirement benefits and not calling it salary. By doing 
other things that most corporations and businesses do. 

Incidentally, your pastor often hesitates to talk about 
it. It sounds so carnal when he brings it up. At the risk 
of being called carnal yourself, go ahead and make sure 
it's fair! 

3. The next time someone criticizes the pastor to 
you, ask him to go directly to the pastor. Do not pass, 


Matthew 18 has some very clear verses about this— 
15-17. You'll be doing this person a favor by helping 
him obey God. 

And you'll be doing the pastor a favor by helping him 
make things right with this person. 

Chances are the critical one won't obey the Lord and 
take those steps. Perhaps it's something you should share 
with the pastor so he can make it right, or be helped. 

4. The next time you're really helped by a sermon or 
study, be very specific when you tell the pastor so. 

It will help him get even better on that point, and 
he'll believe. What he won't believe is, "That was the 
greatest sermon I ever heard." 

Actually it doesn't hurt to say even that every now 
and then, even though he won't believe it. (Smile when 
you say it, so he knows you're not so sure you believe it 

5. Let your pastor know when you have a special 
need where he can help. 

Some families don't let him know, but they let others 
know that he hasn't been to visit or he hasn't helped 
them. In most active churches, the pastor has to respond 
to needs that he knows about, and he knows about them 
because they tell him. Don't be embarrassed to ask for 
his help, for he will remain careful, keep confidences, 
and seek to point you to Christ and His Word. 

6. Take the pastor's wife out to lunch some day (this 
one's for women!). 

Ask her how you can help in her ministry, and what 
she enjoys about it most, and what discourages her at 
times. There are some beautiful women who have some 
ministries in front of the scenes and some behind, as 
pastor's wives. And sometimes their job can be lonely. 
Sometimes their husbands work too hard and too long. 
Sometimes they really feel that "glass-house" complex. 
They love to be treated as normal human beings, as do 

JULY 1, 1977 


their husbands. 

And having lunch with them proves that they're just 
normal and human. They eat through the mouth. And 
they say thank you. And they share feelings. 

7. Don't serve fried chicken the next time you have 
the pastor and his family for Sunday dinner or another 

It's something like black people and watermelon. 

8. Elect spiritual and appropriate men and women to 
help with eldership or special ministries that share pas- 
toral loads. 

Be very careful and prayerful about that. Some of the 
best things people have done for pastors is get people up 
there to work with them and share the yoke. And that 
may mean voting against your best friend or making sure 
someone you don't even know is elected because of his 
special family life, Biblical knowledge, and spiritual 

Some of the greatest favors people ever did for me 
were to elect or call special men and women to special 
ministries in the church— people who worked hard and 
well with love. 

9. Accept the help of deacons or other ministers 
(Christians who serve) when they help you. 

Sometimes people don't count it unless the help or 
love comes from the pastor himself. 

If he did all the ministry, there wouldn't be any need 
for the tens or hundreds or thousands of ministers in the 

10. Help get your pastor a secretary-assistant. 

For a while it can happen with volunteer help. Soon 
you will need someone more regular and involved to 
assist. This frees him (and his wife) from details— typing, 
bulletin boards, shopping— so he can major on pastoring 
and equipping people to be ministers. 

It also gets a nicer voice to greet you on the phone. 

11. Don't say, "It must be nice," the next time your 
pastor gets back from a vacation or you see him on a day 

It isn't all that nice. And often the same people who 
work on him for working too hard tell the funny little 
remarks when they see him taking a break. 

12. Don't call the pastor's kids the pastor's kids. 
Treat them as normal human beings. 

13. If you have a parsonage, have a redecorating fund 
and let the pastor and his wife choose the colors, unless 
they've just resigned to go to a nicer parsonage. 

Living in your own home is a luxury not every family 
gets to enjoy, and the decorating, with approval, could 
at least give some of that enjoyment. They probably 
won't build a swimming pool like Ford did after he got 
in the White House. And if they do, they'll probably use 
it for the kids in the church anyway! 

14. The great treat of all: ask the pastor what you can 
do to help in the schedule of church administration and 
pastoral care. 

Make an appointment and go as a couple if possible. 
Start off with something like, "We want to help in your 
ministry here. What two-hour-a-week job could we take 
from you?" Make him be specific. Thank him for sharing 
some of his responsibilities. 

15. Call him pastor, not minister. Tell him you want 
that second name for yourself. 

Just semantics, but it makes a point. Every Christian 
is called to minister in the name of Christ. The pastor is 
to help equip the ministers to do the work— see Ephe- 
sians 4: 1 1 for the footnote. 

You might ask your pastor to call you "Reverend," 
and a minister, to make this point. 

16. Sit toward the front in church. 

Since this is "Be Kind to Your Pastor" month we're 
getting at the real heart of the matter. Your pastor gets 
paranoid when everyone sits in the back row first. He's 
not sure if it's a physical problem or an emotional prob- 
lem, or whether it's yours or his. 

When you sit toward the front you see better, with 
less distractions. You hear better. You learn better. 

And it's kind. 

17. Take notes. 

It will help you raise questions you didn't follow, and 
help him know you're really staying with him. If your 
pencil runs out because he talks so long, get up and 
sharpen it. He'll get the point. 

18. If the church really does well, talk about "Our 
church is really doing well." Not "Pastor X's church is 
really doing well." 

19. If the church folds, same as 18! 

20. Abide in the Lord, trusting and obeying. 
Not just for your pastor, of course. 

But when his heart is right, it's the nicest thing in the 
world you can do for him. 

So get to celebrating "Be Kind to Your Pastor" 

In many churches there's kindness all year. 

Next month, we'll have the follow-up article on "Be Kind to 
Your Parishioner" month, so that's equal time. Have joy serving 
the Lord together! 

James Long, publications director for GBC Christian 
Education, has resigned to continue studies in the area 
of communications and an expansion of his ministry of 
writing and photography and editing. 

Jim began as an assistant to the executive director in 
1972, and was named publications director, as an assist- 
ant director in the organization, in 1974. He has been 
the managing editor oi Ac' cent and has been responsible 
for many of the publications and communications ideas 
from the Department. 

With his wife, Harriet, Jim is a parent to Schaun, age 
4. Both of the Longs are from California. They met at 
Biola where Jim received his undergraduate degree. 

Pastor Knute Larson, executive director of the De- 
partment, noted: "We know that Jim's ministry will 
keep expanding, and we thank him for the way he has 
expanded our own and made us all think. His ideas, pen, 
and his camera, his light table, and his creativity— we'll 
miss them all. But even more, his heart of love and min- 
istry. We wish him well!" 



"Sunday School" is almost the 

middle name of 

Elmer Towns. 

And his research in youth areas is great too. We're excited that he's our 
main speaker for the Christian Education Convention August 12-14 right here 
in Winona Lake. We're urging all pastors and teachers and youth sponsors 
and church leaders to be part of this. There will also be workshops and 
music, as well as Towns, to excite and instruct every Christian. It starts 
Friday at 3 p.m. 

"Sunday-School-of-the-Year" award this year goes to . . . (sentence to be completed 
with gusto Saturday evening, August 13). 

25th Annual Christian Education Convention 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

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(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 31 and 32 
of the 1977 Brethren Annual.; 


Miss Rosella Cochran September 1 

Miss Ruth Snyder September 8 

Mrs. Donald G. Hocking September 1 1 

B. P. 240, Bangui, Central African Empire. 

Mrs. Gilbert Aellig September 25 

Agnes Aellig September 28, 1968 

Miss Lila Sheely September 30 


Mrs. Edward D. Miller September 18 

Jay Andrew Farner September 19, 1974 


Clifford Merle Coffman II September 14, 1963 


Mrs. Walter E. Haag September 1 1 


Daniel William Shargel September 10, 1969 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Mrs. Loree Sickel September 10 


Pres.-Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Woos- 

ter Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Secy.- Mrs. George Christie, 417 Allison 

Way, Goldendale, Wash. 98620 
Asst. Secy. -Mrs. Sally Neely, 565 Stony- 
ridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45 373 
Fin. Secy.-Treas.-Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 

National WMC.) 
Asst. Fin. Secy.-Mrs. Thomas Inman, 2244 

Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Lit. Secy.-Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 8, 

Box 157, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Richard Sellers, 4661 

Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 

Wouldn't it be a shame if this space were 
blank or filled with something other than the 
world through a woman's eye? Did you ever 
consider the prospect of not having a monthly 
program packet or helps from national offi- 
cers at your request? This possibility could 
become a reality if we all sit on our pocket- 
books during the months devoted to giving to 
the Operation and Publication Fund for na- 
tional WMC. Don't mark this space 
CLOSED— for lack of interest. 

Only $2 

From each of you 

Will help us do 

Great things for God this year. 

JULY 1, 1977 


The other day my children were in 
the back yard arguing over who would 
push the glider swing that they all ride 
together. All Mother had to do to set- 
tle the argument, this time, was to 
suggest that they take turns. How 
many times do we as Christians refuse 
to let the Holy Spirit take His turn in 
guiding our lives? It would be so much 
easier to let a sister push the glider 
and we enjoy the ride. But we are all 
inclined to argue over such little 
things! Likewise, it would make for a 
much smoother "ride" if we would 
just let God have the ropes of our 
hearts to give us the ride of our lives.— 
Linda Hoke 

To contribute to "Homespun"— write an item 
of not more than 125 words concerning a typical 
everyday experience or situation and make a spirit- 
ual application. Material cannot be returned or 
acknowledged. Send to WMC National Editor, 
Linda Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 

Are you ready for national confer- 
ence this year in Winona Lake? There 
are exciting programs planned for 
your benefit as WMC ladies consisting 
of a panel discussion, "Women Reach- 
ing Women," and an effervescent 
speaker, Mrs. Dorothy Beaver, who 
will be with us on three occasions. If 
you will be a WMC delegate, TAKE 
NOTE there will be a single business 
session to be held at the regular meet- 
ing time on Tuesday of conference 
week. This is a change from previous 
years, so it is necessary that all dele- 
gates be in the session Tuesday morn- 


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We Are Creative 

Looking at cans and bottles and everyday 
objects, such as eggs and bread, does not 
depict anything that can be beautiful un- 
less one looks through creative eyes and 
seeks to find that which can be ex- 
changed for beauty. 

Using God-given talents is not always visi- 
ble to people we meet on the street day 
by day. Our homes and the family therein 
know us best. The tasks we undertake for 
those we love are "hidden beauty" to 
outsiders of the home and so it should be. 
Roses are a prized possession and the 
dewdrops on the roses fashioned of bread 
dough seem almost real when created by 
hands of love for a home that is cher- 

Just as eggs have been cut and filigreed, 
our lives are shaped by love for those who 
are near to us. We create and use raw 
materials to make a home seem like a 
castle, an apartment like a palace, or a 
room fit for any king or queen who reigns 

Perhaps finesse in crafts is not your 
specialty or art your forte, but you have a 
talent that God has entrusted to you. Do 
not cover it with last night's paper, or 
Tuesday's leftovers; use it for the glory of 
the Lord and the people you love.— Linda 

(WMC Editor's Note: Objects of art used 
for this pictorial essay are originals by 
Emma Fretz, second vice president of 
national WMC. This is just a sampling of 
her varied interests in the area of creative 
crafts. The reader may also have seen 
other displays of her creativity through 
suggested ideas for WMC visual aids.) 

Photos by Jay Fretz 

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At the 1977 Grace Schools commencement Dr. James 
Boyer received the Grace Seminary Alumnus-of-the- 
Year award, and Ed Lewis was recipient of the Grace 
College Alumnus-of-the-Year award. 

The Florida District Conference, meeting Apr. 28-30, 
discussed the possibility of inviting the national 
conference of 1979 to meet in Florida. 

New York (EP) — Americans gave a record $29.42 
billion to charitable causes in 1976, an increase of 
9.4 percent over 1975. 

Pastor Kenneth Cosgrove has completed his ministry at 
the North Riverdale Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio — 
future plans are uncertain. 

Law Enforcement Sunday for the Seal Beach (Calif.) 
Brethren, with three morning services, was held at 
a local theater to provide sufficient room. There was a total attendance of 1,137. 

The government of Chad recently completed an agreement with the Summer Institute of 
Linguistics, Wycliffe's academic arm, allowing members to begin linguistic and trans 
lation work in that country. It is estimated 20 languages will need Scripture trans 

The Wooster, Ohio, congregation keep in touch with their missionaries (Peters, 
Pfahlers, Schultzmans) in Africa by means of short-wave broadcasts. Gary Klepper is 
the contact man for the messages that are sent to the missionaries. 

Prayer is requested for Miss Rosella Cochran, missionary to Africa, who has been 
forced to return to the States for medical treatment. 

On a "Special Events" Sunday recently at the First Brethren Church, Sterling, Ohio, 
Pastor Bernie Simmons presented a novel way of preaching a sermon. ..he sang it. 

The youth of the Dayton, Ohio, First Brethren Church, enjoyed a 600-mile bus trip 
that ended at the Berrien Springs Grace Brethren in Michigan. The Dayton group en- 
thusiastically shared in testimony and song at the services. 

Work has begun on drawings for an expansion to the present church facilities at 
Lititz, Pa. , with a goal of ground-breaking this fall. 

The Meaning of the Millennium , a new book presenting four views, edited by Dr. 
Robert G. Clouse, is now available from the Herald Co. for $4.25. The views are 
presented by Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, George Eldon Ladd, Loraine Boettner, and Anthony 
A. Hoekema. Send your order to the Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. (Include your check and we pay postage charges.) 

Cambridge, Mass. (EP)— "Crime is getting stronger because religious and family 
influences are weakening," says a Harvard political scientist. "As citizens lose 
their belief in God they lose their belief in the hereafter and begin to live like 

animals in a jungle," says Dr. James Wilson. 


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grand Teton ^Majesty, a Parallel in Leadership 

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Reflections By Still Waters 

Charles W. Turner 

Sometimes I have the feeling that 
we are not only going to the dogs but 
the dogs have taken over. I see huge 
dogs riding in a car made for small 
people, in fact, the inside of the auto 
is wall-to-wall dog. Then there is the 
copilot dog that sits in the car glaring 
out the front window as if he or she 
were in charge of directing the driver 
to his safe destination. 

My fears were intensified by read- 
ing a recent article in a business publi- 
cation. According to this report, dog 
food sales in the United States are now 
over two billion dollars a year. That is 
at the rate of over five and a half mil- 
lion dollars each day. In fact, if you 
put together all the baby food sales 
and cold cereal (breakfast) sales they 
would not equal the dog and cat food 
market. We spend six times as much 
on pet food as we do on that long- 
standing staple— flour. Coffee has re- 
cently tripled in price and is just now 
catching up with pet food sales. In fact 
we spend in this country 12 million 
dollars a year just to advertise pet 
products and foods. 

You can buy "people crackers" for 
your dog if you wish. They are shaped 

like mailmen, and so forth. Or you can 
buy CYCLE for the four cycles in 
your dog's life— puppy, mature, aging, 
and, of course, fat. Maybe you prefer 
FIT AND TRIM for that slightly over- 
weight, furry friend of yours. The pos- 
sibilities are unlimited. 

Now I like dogs— most of the time 
that is. Cats I can definitely leave 
alone and wish off on my friends. I 
have an eleven year old— almost mem- 
ber of the family— who welcomes me 
back from those days on the road. Her 
friendly smile and her loyalty encour- 
age me. I always know I have been 
gone from home too long if she barks 
at me upon my return. So what I am 
about to say is not to be taken as anti- 
dog, but really more pro-human. Most 
of the dogs in our country live better 
than half of the children in the rest of 
the world. I see dogs outfitted with 
mittens, coats, sweaters, and earmuffs 
as they face the elements on winter 
days. Do you know you can buy all- 
weather dog houses with both heating 
and air-conditioning facilities? Not 
bad, not bad at all for an animal on 
the way up. You can even put them to 
rest in an animal cemetery with a 
granite marker, not bad for an animal 

on the way down. 

In the midst of animal plenty there 
are some major projects going undone. 
As Christians many people put more in 
their dog's present and future well- 
being than they do in the work of 
Jesus Christ and the church. A dollar 
in the Sunday morning offering, but 
five dollars at the grocery store on 
Monday for Fido's food. Consider the 
many in need of gifts for spreading the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ to the utter- 
most parts of the world. In contrast 
think of the money spent to make 
Lassie's coat shine and her teeth 
healthy. There has to be some sense of 
values that have become distorted. 

No, I am not anti-pet, but I am 
pro-human. I do not say, "away with 
my wet-nosed, warm friend," but I do 
say we should weigh carefully the evi- 
dent values. Certainly we can enjoy 
our pets, but let's get things in proper 
order and not neglect the permanent 
works of God for the much less fleet- 
ing pleasures of life. 

We are going to the dogs in more 
than one way in this country, and it's 
about time we establish some priori- 






Grand Teton Majesty 4 

"Arise . . . Possess the Land" ... 6 

Saved, Sent, Serving 8 

Israel's Independence Day 9 

BMH News Summary 12 

Grace News Notes 15 

New Athletic Director 16 

BMH Newest News 20 

Cover Photo: The Grand Teton National 
Park. (Photo by Lester Pi fer.) 

in the 


35 Years Ago- 1942 

Henry Rempel has been called to 
the Pike Brethren Church, Mun 
dy's Corner, Conemaugh, 
Pa. ... A Bible class is conducted 
each Monday evening in Indianap- 
olis, Ind., by Rev. Robert Ashman 
of Peru. . . . The fiscal year report 
for the Los Angeles, Calif., Jewish 
work is $4,625.27. 

15 Years Ago- 1962 

The Howard Vulgamore family com- 
pleted their ministry at the Brethren 
Navajo Mission and will move to War- 
saw, Ind. . . . Don Rough, assistant pas- 
tor at Kittanning, Pa., was ordained to 
the ministry. . . . Gordon Austin has been 
appointed assistant pastor of the Compton, 
Calif., First Brethren Church. 

5 Years Ago- 1972 

Huber Heights, Ohio, breaks ground under 
the direction of Pastor James Poy- 
ner. . . . James Custer was named as the 
Alumnus of the Year at Grace College, and 
Wayne Beaver was named as Grace Seminary 
award winner. The McClain Award for Excel- 
lence of Teaching went to Jean Coverstone of 
Grace College. 

□ Thank you so much for the thrill- 
ing experience of reading an excel- 
lent magazine full of gospel truth 
and good information for our Born 
Again people all across this fast 
moving nation. We need more news 
of the established churches, and I 
hear comments of that sort many 
places all the time.— South Carolina 

Volume 39 Number 14 July 15, 1977 

Published bimonthly by 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Printed by BMH Printing 

Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 


Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor 
Kenneth E. Herman 

Editorial Secretary 

Fern L. Sandy 

Subscription Secretary: Diane Evans 
IBM Composer: Omega Sandy 
Design & Layout Artist: Timothy Kennedy 

Dear Reader, 

Thanks for your note. We have also 
heard the same comment regarding 
a desire for more news about estab- 
lished churches, and we are seeking 
to respond to this request. We re- 
cently had a full page story on the 
Bellflower (Calif.) dedication. Just 
two issues ago there was the account 
of the expansion at Myerstown, 
Pennsylvania. This was also a full 
page story. 

Now there is a need of getting 
the stories to us from these estab- 
lished churches, then we will be de- 
lighted to get them in the Herald 
So here is a call and invitation to 
California— First and North in Long 
Beach— tell us of some of the present 
excitement. Whittier and John 
Mayes . . . things have been happen- 
ing there as well. Columbus, Ohio, 
write us a story or send us informa 
tion and we will get the story to- 
gether. Send some pictures and your 
story of how God is working. Give 
us facts and give us figures and give 
us some of the feeling of God at 

Departmental Editors: Christian Educa- 
tion: Knute Larson, James Long. Foreign 
Missions: Rev. John Zielasko, Marcia 
Wardell. Grace Schools: Dr. Homer A. 
Kent, Jr., Terry White. Home Missions: 
Dr. Lester Pifer. WMC: Linda Hoke 

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S5.50. Special rates to 

JULY 15, 1977 

grand Teton 





Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

It was a warm July evening 
when my wife and I arrived at 
Jackson Hole in Western Wyo- 
ming. To the west and north the 
last crimson shades of the setting 
sun still outlined the majestic 
forms of the Grand Tetons. We 
settled down for the night with 
the overcrowded city to await 
the dawn of the morning sun on 
Grand Teton National Park. 

Early the next morning, fol- 

lowing a healthy western break- 
fast, I started my trip northward 
along the base of these majestic 
giants. I stopped often to capture 
with my camera the splendid 
scenery. I found myself experi- 
encing the dramatic inspiration, 
as so beautifully described by 
Editor Michael Yandell of my 
guidebook. "Try to keep your 
eyes away from them. Just try. 
You can't. They are magnetic, 

those awesome and inspiring 
peaks of the Teton Range. 

"They leap abruptly from the 
undulating floor of the valley 
like a sudden soaring of the 
spirit. For the first few hundred 
feet, they soften their outline 
with a thick evergreen forest that 
promises protected glens and 
comfortable vistas. Soon, how- 
ever, they fling away the forests 
to climb through windy tundra 


where life clings to the ground or 
hovers behind rocks, where man 
must plant his feet firmly to lift 
his head and meet the alpine 
challenge. Then the mountains 
leave behind all but the most 
tenacious life as their spires of 
raw rock clamber to heights 
where the prospect is eternity 
and man is a gnat on the second 
hand of time." 

Having left my wife at the 
motel with the promise of a mid- 
morning return, I found myself 
entranced by this amazing piece 
of God's handiwork. The bril- 
liant, early morning sun seemed 
to illuminate every nook and 
crag and to highlight the creativi- 
ty of our Master Artist. 

Standing alone with my 
camera along the edge of Jackson 
Lake, the peaks of Grand Teton, 
Mount Moran and Mount Owen 
mirrored in the lake, my heart 
leaped with joy at the marvelous 
work of my Lord. 

Probably my stop at the tiny 
log chapel of the Transfiguration, 
located just inside the southern 
gate of the national park, caused 
me to draw the following paral- 
lel. The tiny cross, the open 
Bible, and the magnificent view 
seen through the large picture 
window pointed to the work of 
the Saviour. His work on the 
cross, as carefully recorded in the 
Scriptures, was a gift of God's 
grace. This spectacular view too 
was a work of the great Creator 
for man's benefit. The words of 
David seemed appropriate, "O 
LORD our Lord, how excellent 
is thy name in all the earth! who 
hast set thy glory above the 

heavens" (Ps. 8:1). Suddenly, I 
began to compare the work our 
Lord is doing in building His 
Church with the grandeur that 
was before me. The towering 
peaks were likened to the pastors 
and leaders of our churches. 
These peaks pointing toward 
heaven seemed to be leading the 
masses below that harmoniously 
blended to form the beautiful 
scene mirrored in the lake. These 
peaks, standing firmly through 
all the crises of weather, always 
displaying their majestic beauty. 

The Lord Jesus, our creator, 
said, "I will build my church; 
and the gates of hell shall not 
prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). 
Through the Holy Spirit gifts 
have been given to men for lead- 
ership, direction and steward- 
ship. God searches out certain 
men who will be used to accom- 
plish His divine purpose. "For to 
one is given by the Spirit the 
word of wisdom; to another the 
word of knowledge by the same 
spirit; to another faith by the 
same Spirit. . ." (I Cor. 12:8-9). 
In a very real sense God has 
raised up giants of the faith in 
the creation of this beautiful 
body, His Church. 

The man of God, as pastor, 
stands head and shoulders above 
those he leads, always pointing 
toward heaven from which 
power, blessing and growth must 
come. He must stand steadfastly, 
through one crisis after another, 
displaying the majesty of leader- 
ship. When this function is per- 
formed, the results will be the 
beautiful structure that God in- 

tended. Using the gifts of wis- 
dom, knowledge and faith builds 
into the leadership and laity the 
spiritual characteristics every 
church should possess. The 
church must always be aware of 
the source of spiritual strength 
and be ready to point others to 
its availability. 

My mind began to run over 
the men of faith that are pioneer- 
ing our home mission fields. 
Some are launching the Gospel 
into virgin territories, others are 
leading in establishing church 
growth, while others are building 
housing facilities, and still others 
are stepping out on faith to be- 
come self-supporting. These men 
stand as Grand Tetons, Mount 
Morans, or towering peaks in the 
awesome place of leadership and 
faith. Month after month they 
lead through crises of discourage- 
ment, faithlessness, and some- 
times despair as sin and the 
powers of Satan are used to 
thwart the plans of God. Such 
men are to be commended for 
their dogged determination, their 
strength in the midst of weak- 
ness, and their faithfulness to 
God and His Word. 

I leaped back into my car with 
a heart throbbing with joy, a 
spirit that has soared to new 
heights in the deep appreciation 
of all that God has done in man 
and for him. The hands of my 
watch pointing to high noon in- 
dicated my captivation had con- 
sumed hours; but the lesson in 
faith, the vivid reminder of God's 
work, His leadership, and the 
beautiful product of His handi- 
work made it all worthwhile. 

JULY 15, 1977 

Pastor Ronald Guiles 

arise. . . possess cne Land 

As the Children of Israel stood on 
the eastern bank of the Jordan River 
nearly 3,400 years ago, they saw a vast 
new land, the Promised Land. God 
gave them this that they might be a 
people called by His name in a land 
that was their own. No more wander- 
ing, no more setting up camp, no more 
breaking down camp, no more ridicule 
from the nations round about because 
they were unsettled wanderers. Now 
they were home. God said to them 
that day, "Arise, cross this Jordan . . . 
to the land which ... I have given 

The people of the Lehigh Valley 
Grace Brethren Church were some- 
what like the people of Israel. How- 
ever, we did not wander in the desert 
for 40 years because of disobedience 
to God, but we did flounder for 
awhile, and we did ramble about in 
temporary quarters for almost three 
years. But now, Praise the Lord, we 
are home! 

God has brought us to the "Jordan 
River" and showed us the great poten- 
tial of the Lehigh Valley with the 
cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Eas- 
ton, Nazareth, Emmaus, Hellertown, 
and many more. He has shown us that 
this is our promised land, where He 

desires to have a strong Brethren 
church established to reach a spiritual- 
ly starved people of this valley with 
the wonderful news of the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ. 

Our church was started with a tiny 
group of people from the former First 
Brethren Church of Allentown who 
came over to the Bethlehem area three 
years ago. What was once a strong, 
vibrant church was then just a small 
handful of people who were deter- 
mined before God not to let the Grace 
Brethren Church in the Lehigh Valley 
die. They appealed to the district mis- 
sion board and to The Brethren Home 
Missions Council for financial support 
so they could maintain a full-time 
pastor on the field. Both of these 
boards responded favorably to the re- 
quest, and a new work here in Bethle- 
hem was begun. 

What has happened since then is the 
result of God blessing the faithfulness 
of that small group of people. We be- 
gan meeting in a community hall 
known by the people of this area as 
the "barn." It did not take us long to 
see the need of having a better place to 
hold our worship services, so we made 
arrangements for the use of a local col- 
lege chapel along with several of their 

classrooms. This was just the ticket be- 
cause from then on God blessed in a 
great way. Visitors began to go forth 
into the area with the Gospel, people 
began to be saved and to come into 
the membership of the church, and it 
was obvious we were following the 
Lord's direction. 

At one of our regular business 
meetings, the people felt led of the 
Spirit of God to make plans to build 
on the six and one-half acres of ground 
which the church owned. A vote was 
taken and it was unanimously decided 
to begin building that year. We did not 
know during that meeting that God 
was working definitely in the same 
direction. A few days later I received a 
call from Ralph Hall of the Brethren 
Architectural Service. He asked if we 
had made any plans for building and if 
we would like to use the Brethren 
Construction Crew in the near future. 
This was a clear sign to us from God 
that we were moving in the right direc- 

On May 11, 1975, we held a 
ground-breaking service in what was 
then a bean field. As the building pro- 
gressed the people realized that we had 
not shown enough vision in our first 
plans. We were putting up a building 


that would be much too small to 
handle the vast population of the area 
in which we were situated. With our 
growth pattern being what it was and 
with building costs skyrocketing daily, 
we decided to petition The Brethren 
Home Missions Council to allow us to 
erect a larger sanctuary, seating 400 
people instead of the originally 
planned 130-seat auditorium. Since 
the building crew was already at the 
site and we were progressing nicely in 
our attendances and offerings, the 
Home Missions Council granted per- 
mission. It took two years to finally 
get the job done, but during that time 
God provided all our needs. When we 
needed extra funds to get us through 
the final months of building, God pro- 
vided it from His own people as our 
church raised an additional amount of 
almost $10,000. When we needed 
skilled craftsmen to do the finishing 
work on the sanctuary, God provided 
from our people the men and the 
women to do the job. 

Finally on May 14 and 15, 1977, 
we dedicated our new facility to the 
glory of God who so greatly provided 
all our needs. Our special speaker for 
the weekend was Rev. James Custer 
from the Grace Brethren Church of 
Worthington, Ohio. The dedication 
services were a great thrill to our 
people as we watched the building fill 
up with folks from other Brethren 
churches in our district and many 
friends from our immediate area. It 
was again an indication of what God is 
able to do when His people are willing 
to stand together and to work to build 
His church. 

We have crossed the Jordan and we 
are now in the land. It is our desire not 
only to live in the land but to possess 
it for the glory of the Lord Jesus 
Christ. Our next great goal now is to 
become a strong self-supporting, 
Bible-teaching church in this area 
reaching as many people as God will 
give to us. We are claiming the same 
promise for ourselves that God gave to 
the Apostle Paul as he stood one day 
in the city of Corinth wondering what 
was in store for him in the future. The 
Lord appeared to him in a vision and 
said, "Do not be afraid any longer, but 
go on speaking and do not be silent; 
for I am with you, and no man will 
attack you in order to harm you, for I 
have many people in this city" (Acts 
18:9-10 NASB). This means that God 

has many people in the Lehigh Valley 
that He has already claimed for salva- 
tion and that He wants to channel into 
the Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren 
Church for instruction and maturing in 
the faith. 

We are very grateful for all the 
people of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches who have sup- 
ported us here in Bethlehem with 
prayers, encouragement, and financial 
support. Were it not for the faithful 
giving of God's people to the district 
mission board and The Brethren Home 
Missions Council, the Lehigh Valley 
Grace Brethren Church would never 
have been able to cross over and pos- 
sess the land for the glory of God. 

Our sincere, heartfelt thanks to 
everyone who supported us, and in- 
deed, only eternity will reveal the 
dividends on the investment that 
God's people have made here in Beth- 

JULY 15, 1977 







The Lord has answered another 
prayer for Brethren Home Missions. 
Since the resignation of Mr. David R. 
Grant as accountant, we have been 
praying the Lord of the harvest to 
thrust forth another worker. The an- 
swer came on June 13, 1977, when Mr. 
Larry N. Chamberlain accepted the 
call to fill the accounting position and 
began making plans to start July 5, 

Mr. Chamberlain was branch man- 
ager for the National Central Bank 
branch at Reading, Pennsylvania. He is 
a graduate of Bob Jones University 
and has been continuing his work 
toward a Master's degree in business 

The Chamberlains are members of 
the Grace Brethren Church, Myers- 
town, Pennsylvania, and Larry served 
as adult teacher in the Bible School 
and as the financial secretary for the 
Grace Christian School of Myerstown. 

Mr. Chamberlain was saved under 
the ministry of Dr. W. A. Ogden at 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and now the 
Grace Brethren Church of Myerstown, 

The Larry Chamberlain Family 

a former Home Mission Church, is 
sending forth one of its members into 
a full-time ministry for the Lord. 

The addition of Mr. Chamberlain 
aroused some curiosity as to "Where 
did the Home Mission Council staff 
come from?"— and it might be of some 
interest to you. The executive secre- 
tary, Dr. Lester E. Pifer, saved in the 
First Brethren Church of Rittman, 
Ohio, but joined the staff after serving 
Brethren Home Mission Churches at 
South Bend, Indiana, and Fremont, 
Ohio. Mr. Frank J. Poland, adminis- 
trative coordinator, came from the 
Home Mission Church of Mansfield, 
Ohio, and later Marilyn Orlando from 
the same church joined the staff as 
office secretary. Miss Louise Blanken- 

ship, bookkeeper, joined the BHMC 
from the former Home Mission Church 
of Wooster, Ohio. Mr. Ed Cole was 
saved in a one-time Home Mission 
Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and is 
now serving the BHMC and BIF. The 
receptionist, Junie Scofield, was a 
member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Worthington, Ohio, and also 
served as a Home Mission pastor's wife 
at Bowling Green, Ohio. 

Of the eight staff members serving 
in The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil department only one has not had 
some Home Missions background. This 
would seem to be a record considering 
the different responsibilities that are 
involved and would indicate the Lord's 
leading in lives of the staff members. 


Israel's Independence Day 

Walter Schwartz 

A few weeks have gone by since the nation of 
Israel again celebrated its independence, for it 
has been 29 years since Israel once more became 
a nation. As we look back on those 29 years we 
see a nation in great struggle to survive as a 
people among the nations of the world. There 
have been over 80 nations that have come into 
being since Israel became a nation, and not one 
of these countries has had the nations of the 
earth seek to destroy it as has Israel. What is the 
reason for this and why is Israel not allowed to 
take its rightful place among the nations of the 

As you look at the situation today you can 
see how oil is being used as a weapon against 
Israel. Nations that will not follow the Arab line 
of hatred against the Jew will not be allowed to 
buy oil from the Arab countries. When you 
think of the vast wealth of Arab nations and 
that this wealth is being used to buy weapons of 
warfare to destroy the Jewish people— how sad 
indeed that the nations of the earth do not be- 
lieve what God has said in His Holy Word that 
"no weapon that is formed against thee [Israel] 
shall prosper" (Isa. 54:17), and that the Lord will 
curse those that seek to destroy the Jewish 
people (cf. Gen. 12:3). The history of Israel is 
one of bloodshed, and those nations that have 
come up against the Jews have received or will 
receive the judgment of God. 

The miracle of the rebirth of Israel is the 

greatest event that has taken place in our life- 
time and tells of God working in human history 
to bring about His purpose for this world of ours 
and the nation of Israel. What is the reason for 
the vast amount of anti-Semitism that is taking 
place in the world today? Only the Bible can 
give an answer to this question. The Bible speaks 
of Satan being the one behind all of the Jew- 
hate that has taken place since the Jewish people 
came into being. Satan knows the Bible and he 
knows that God's plan for the ages is that the 
Jewish people accept Jesus as their Messiah. 
Satan knows that his doom is sure when Israel 
accepts Jesus. 

In meeting many Jews from Israel it is sad to 
see that many do not give God the glory that He 
deserves in keeping the Jewish people from de- 
struction. Israel today is looking to America and 
other nations to protect it from the many ene- 
mies that she faces. There is hardly a day goes 
by that you don't hear of anti-Semitism taking 
place in our world. A few months ago the papers 
told of a store being used by a Nazi organization 
who is anti-Semitic. Literature was used that 
taught hate for the Jewish people. The Jewish 
people reacted and burned down the store. 

We have many Jewish groups that are becom- 
ing militant and are fighting back when con- 
fronted with anti-Semitism. 


JULY 15, 1977 

(Continued from page 9) , 

I wish I could say that Israel's future was 
good, but the Bible tells us that Israel faces a 
time of great tribulation and that only Jesus can 
deliver them. Israel will have to learn that only 
the Lord can deliver them from 150 million 
Arabs who would like to drive them into the sea. 
As you read the papers you realize that the cards 
are stacked against Israel as they say, but the 
Lord will not let them go down the drain. Israel 
faces many problems such as high taxes to pay 
for all her weapons and there is much unrest in 
the country itself. 

Many scandals are taking place in the leader- 
ship in Israel and the people are losing confi- 
dence in the government to solve her problems. I 
am sure the Lord is using these circumstances to 
teach Israel a lesson. Only the Lord can save 
Israel from her dilemma, not man. In 29 years 
Israel has come a long way and has developed 
the land as no other nation could. Yet, she is not 

looking to the Lord. It has been said that Israel 
is much stronger than she was in the Yom Kip- 
pur war of 1973 and has armed herself with the 
most advanced weapons and will once again look 
to herself rather than the Lord. It is interesting 
to read the papers and see all this talk about 
Israel having to surrender all her land that she 
took in the 1967 war and that only in this way 
will the Arabs grant any peace. What a great 
fulfillment this is in realizing that the Bible 
speaks of Israel having secure borders in the last 

As we look to the 29th anniversary of Israel's 
Independence we see that the Lord is still deal- 
ing with Israel, and we who know the Lord feel 
His coming is imminent. I thank the Lord that 
Jewish people are coming to know the Lord in 
greater numbers than ever before. 

Let us pray for His coming and for the Peace 
of Jerusalem. 


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Mr. David R. Grant has resigned as 
accountant for The Brethren Home 
Missions Council and Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation having completed 
his services on May 31, 1977. He 
served five years in this position and 
has been responsible for a number of 
improvements and changes in this area. 
During this time the Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation was placed on an 
on-line computer service which 
handles all BIF deposits of more than 
3,500 accounts. 

The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil individual gifts and church records 
are now on computer. The financial 
records for all departments of the 
Council have been combined into a 
total report, and this has been placed 
on computer with Mr. Grant having 
been responsible in setting up the pro- 
gramming of all these operations. 

His responsibilities reached beyond 
the accounting area, as he also had 
under his supervision the operations 
regarding the Missions Building in ad- 
dition to doing itineration work and 
directing workshops for new pastors in 
orientation programs. 

It was with regret we accepted the 
resignation of Mr. Grant but with ap- 
preciation for the valuable services he 
rendered our Brethren organizations 
during his five-year ministry and with 
best wishes for his future.— F.J. P. 

JULY 15, 1977 

Hews Summary 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association L^^ 

• Rev. Edward Clark has accepted a position as full-time 
assistant pastor at the Norwalk Brethren Church, Nor- 
walk, Calif., working with Pastor Kurtaneck. 

• Grace Brethren of Ashland, Ohio, enjoyed a special 
week of reaping with Evangelist Ron Susek as speaker. 
About 135 people made public commitments to Christ. 
A near-record attendance of 1,070 attended the Sunday 
morning worship services. 

• Phil and Nancy Gegner were commissioned by the Day- 
ton (Ohio) First Brethren Church in preparation for 
their missionary ministry in France. Pastor Larry Geg- 
ner, Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church (Kokomo, 
Ind.), happily shared in this service of dedication for his 

• Mr. Joe Lefkovitz was elected moderator for the com- 
ing year, which is the first time the Southern Ohio Dis- 
trict has elected a layman to this office. Mr. Lefkovitz is 
the administrator of Grace Brethren Village, Englewood, 
Ohio. He came to Christ six years ago from an orthodox 
Jewish background. 

•Sunday, June 19, was Anniversary Sunday at Com- 
munity Brethren (Whittier, Calif.) in recognition of Pas- 
tor and Mrs. John Mayes' completion of six years of 

• Rev. Marion Thomas, former pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Chapel, Fremont, Ohio, was called to return to 
his former pastorate to conduct a series of evangelistic 
services. Many decisions were made public. At the final 
Sunday morning service it was a problem to find room 
for seating all the congregation, making it evident that 
the plans for building an addition needed to be hurried 

• Rev. Kenneth Stoll, pastor of the Suburban Grace 
Brethren Church, Hatboro, Pa., was one of the Philadel- 
phia area pastors who entered a 30-week training period 
in cooperation with Campus Crusade for Christ. Accord- 
ing to Pastor Stoll the goal for 1977 is the training of 
five pastors from each area so that they can establish 
discipleship ministries in their local churches. Stoll ex- 
plained, "We learn the things we know we need right 

• Annual changes: Thomas Goossens, 1225 Concord Ct., 
Findlay, Ohio 45840 . . . Robert Williams, 201 Central 
Ave., Kittanning, Pa. 16201 (Tel. 412/548-8290). 

• The Norwalk Brethren Church had a dedication service 
for their lovely new sanctuary pews and hymnals, asking 
that they be used to the honor and glory of the Lord. 

• Ground was broken for a new Christian Education 
building at Okeechobee, Fla. This building will house a 
growing Sunday School as well as a Christian Day School 
with an expected enrollment this fall of 80. Pastor 
Charles Davis says the new facility will have 6 class- 
rooms, office space, and restrooms with plans for a 
second floor to be added as needed. 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS for additional helps in the 

I, II, III JOHN (September, October, November 1977) 

The Fellowship (King), paperback, $1.95 
The Episues of John (Burdick), paperback, $1.50 
Addresses on the Epistles of John and Jude (Iron- 
side), $4.75 
The Epistles of John (Strauss), paperback, $2.25 
REVELATION (December 1977, January and Feb- 
ruary 1978) 

Revelation Visualized (Cohen and Kirban), paper- 
back, $8.95 
Lectures on Revelation (Ironside), $5.25 
Understanding Revelation (Cohen), paperback, 

Revelation (Newell), $6.95 
From Now To Eternity (Meyer), $4.00 
The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Walvoord), $7.95 

Send to: Brethren Missionary Herald Co., P.O. Box 
544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Please enclose your 
check or money order and we pay all postage and 
handling costs. 



• A combined open house and dedication was held re- 
cently by the congregation of Grace Brethren Church, 
Lake Odessa, Mich., for the new parsonage that is lo- 
cated on an acre of land. An added attraction is a pool 
and redwood deck. The dedication was climaxed with a 
surprise food shower for Pastor and Mrs. Bill Stevens. 

• Merrifield, Va. (EP)— Following complaints that Cre- 
ative Christian Libraries has failed to deliver prepaid 
goods and to respond to customer correspondence, the 
Federal government is investigating the religious book 
house, according to Eternity magazine. 

The mail-order firm is based in Delaware, but uses a 
Merrifield, Va., address. Eternity calls the elusive busi- 
ness part of "an obscure network of similar discount 
book houses, including firms known as the Patrician 
Press and Literature Discovery." 

The phone of Creative Christian Libraries' president, 
Carl Smith of New Castle, Del., is unlisted. Smith is a 
previous employee of Religious Book Discount House 

Previously Creative Christian Libraries (as well as 
RBDH) was under the direction of Jay Greene, Jr., of 
Wilmington who left the firm last February just before 
the controversy developed. Greene served a prison term 
in Kent County, Mich., for "attempting to fraud or 
cheat with a bogus check." 

Greene has since been released, Eternity reported. 
His father, Jay Greene, Sr., who filed for bankruptcy in 
Michigan in 1972, is presently director of RBDH. 

• Sacramento (EP)— An assembly bill allows schools in 
California to set aside a minute each day for silent 
prayer and meditation. 

•Washington, D.C. (EP)-Twenty-two of the United 
Methodist-sponsored 1 07 colleges and universities will 
have to close, merge or find new sources of major finan- 
cial support or they will be closed, a commission within 
the denomination has announced. 

• Sacramento (EP)— The cover of the new California 
State government telephone book, which incorporates a 
Bible quotation in the design, is constitutionally permis- 
sible because the quote lacks religious significance, ac- 
cording to Attorney General Evelle J. Younger. 

Publication of the directory was held up for more 
than a month to allow Mr. Younger to give a legal 
opinion on the cover design, which was selected by Gov. 
Gerald Brown. 

It features a two-color satellite photograph of the 
earth, and a quotation of Genesis l:2-3-"And the Spirit 
of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God 
said, Let there be light: and there was light." 

Mr. Younger compared the quotation to the phrase 
"In God We Trust" on U.S. coins, ruling that both are 
devoid of religious significance. 

•Ministers-Laymen Golf Outing at national conference. 
If you are interested in an afternoon of fun, fellowship 
and frustration, plan on being part of the First Annual 
Ministers-Laymen Golf Outing. Sessions will be held 
Monday and Tuesday afternoons, August 15 and 16. It 
will be an 18-hole tournament on an executive-size 
course near Winona Lake. The Grace College Athletic 
Department is working out details, and prizes are from 
the Brethren Missionary Herald. If you wish to partici- 
pate, please send your name and address and the day 
you prefer to play to the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company, Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590, and a tee 
time will be assigned. 


A six-month's free subscription to the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald is given to new subscribers whose addresses are supplied by 
the officiating minister. 

Vicky Hess and David Drake, Apr. 20, Leamersville 
Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, Pa. 

In Memory. 

Notices in this column must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

DIEHL, Hazel, 78, Mar. 19, a member of Dayton First 
Brethren Church where she served as a department 
superintendent in the Sunday School and on the deacon 
board. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

FORD, P. Osco, 71, June 5, of the Indian Heights Grace 
Brethren Church, Kokomo, Ind. Larry Gegner, pastor. 
HORST, Elam, 87, Mar. 23, a member of Grace Brethren 
Church, New Holland, Pa. Kenneth Russell, pastor. 
STRANGE, Troy, 42, May 1, a member of the Indian 
Heights Grace Brethren Church, Kokomo, Ind. Larry 
Gegner, pastor. 

WALLACE, Charles, 74, Feb. 18, a member for 56 years 
of the First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. G. Forrest 
Jackson, pastor. 

JULY 15, 1977 


• For 16 consecutive 
years Clarence Eichorst 
served as financial sec- 
retary of the Ireland 
Road Grace Brethren 
Church, South Bend, 
Ind. Clarence and his 
wife have been active 
members of the deacon 
board as well as serving 
in other avenues in the 
local church. The pic- 
ture (r.) was taken at the 
official board meeting 
where Eichorst was hon- 
ored for his outstanding 
Christian service. 

•Dr. Nathan Meyer and Rev. James Custer will co-host 
an 11-day, all-Israel tour Mar. 13-23, 1978. The cost will 
be $1,214 per person from Columbus, Ohio. There will 
be six nights in Jerusalem while visiting in southern 
Israel, and then several days on the Sea of Galilee. 

• A new group of Grace Brethren families are meeting in 
the Palm Harbor area of Florida, and Rev. Marion Thomas 
who is now pastoring the Grace Brethren Church, Ander- 
son, S.C., is expecting to soon move to Florida where he 
will become the pastor of these Brethren. 

• Rev. Dale Forrest has accepted the call to become 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Delaware, Ohio. 
This is a new group of Brethren who are meeting with 
the blessing of their "Mother Church"— Columbus (Worth- 
ington), Ohio. Delaware is counted among the several 
branch churches which have been started as outreach 
testimonies by the Grace Brethren Church of Columbus. 

An Enlightening 
Approach to 

1-2 -3 John 

Can you be certain you are saved? 
What does "loving the world" mean? 
What about a "sin unto death"? 
Who are the antichrists? 
Why do people leave the church? 
Why did Christ come into the world? 

Dr. Raymond E. Gingrich, professor emeritus at 
LeTourneau College and pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Longview, Texas, has written this excellent 
study in the Epistles of John. 

In chapter two of the book. Dr. Gingrich illustrates 
how Christ should receive our attention. He states: 
"When I was a child, living on the farm in Pennsylvania, 
I was intrigued by a sunflower plant. One of the myster- 
ies of that plant was its daily following of the sun across 
the sky. In the morning it faced the sunrise. In the eve- 
ning it faced the sunset in the West. It couldn't resist 
moving in harmony with that light. Likewise, when we 
receive the divine nature, having fallen in love with 
God's dear Son, He receives our attention moment by 
moment. We walk in the light and the joy of fellowship 
with Him takes on new vitality." 

This new book will be the study guide for adult 
classes beginning with the September quarter. The regu- 
lar price is $2.95, and churches will continue to receive a 
special price for quantity orders. 

The schedule for future quarters will be as follows: 
Revelation, December quarter, written by Dr. Herman 
A. Hoyt (one of the most popular and best sellers in the 
study guide series); and for the March 1978 quarter, an 
interesting study entitled Pulpit Words Translated for 
Pew People, written by Charles W. Turner. 


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Gifts to the Grace Schools from the alumni fund cam- 
paign were recently presented by officers of the respec- 
tive alumni associations. Total alumni giving for 1976 
exceeded $85,000, according to alumni coordinator 
Gerald Twombly. 

Dr. Charles Smith, president of the Grace Seminary 
Alumni executive committee, presented a total of 
$2,500 to the school from former seminary students. Of 
this amount, $1,500 was to be used in the library for the 
acquisition of missions and microfiche materials. In addi- 
tion, a gift of $1,000 was given to Dean E. William Male 
as a contribution to the current seminary general fund. 

Ron Kinley, president of the college alumni executive 
committee, presented nearly $5,000 from college 
alumni. Approximately $3,700 was given to complete 
the cost of a new 3-M reader-copier for the library. The 
machine, which was designed to read and print both 
microfiche and microfilm, will be available for student 
and faculty use in the fall. In addition, $1,000 was pre- 
sented to Dr. Jesse Humberd to be applied toward a 
new computer terminal to be located in the new science 
center on the Grace campus. 


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Participating in the presentation of gifts from the Grace College 
alumni to their alma mater recently included (I. to r.) William 
Darr and Robert Ibach of the Grace library staff; Ron Kinley, 
college alumni president; and Dr. Jesse Humberd of the science 
faculty. Total alumni giving this past year topped $85,000 ac- 
cording to alumni coordinator Gerald Twombly. (Doug Conrad 

According to recent figures released from Grace 
Schools' Development Department, faculty and staff giv- 
ing increased 26.2 percent from last year, trustee giving 
increased 42 percent, and since August of 1975, 245 
donors have sent Living Memorials gifts totalling 
$12,937. Life members of the schools corporation 
(those who give $500 in a calendar year) increased to 
388 this past year, and during 1976, 137 donors who 
work for matching gift companies had their gifts 
matched for a total of $14,500 from the companies. The 
cumulative total of matching gifts over the past five 
years is $72,952. 

Tentative plans are now being made to have the Grace 
College Drama Team tour California the spring of 1978. 
Approximate dates will be March 22-April 3. 

In recent trustee elections for Grace Schools, minis- 
ters elected to the board include Kenneth B. Ashman, 
Raymond E. Gingrich and R. Paul Miller, Jr. Lay trus- 
tees elected include Dr. Glenn Baker, Larry Wedertz, Dr. 
R. Douglas Cassel, Ralph Grady, Lowell Miller, Ronald 
Kinley, and Charles Doyen. Appointed to fill an un- 
expired term was Rev. Charles Turner. 

Devona Parks, a student at Grace College, has been 
appointed as summer missionary worker in France with 
Greater Europe Mission, spending the summer on a 
maintenance team at Camp of the Peaks, a Christian 
camp located in the French Alps. Miss Parks is the 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Parks of Sullivan, Ohio, 
and is a member of the West Homer Brethren Church of 
Homerville, Ohio. Rev. Robert Holmes, pastor. 

The recently selected year verse for the 1977-78 school year at Grace Schools is: 

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." 

Psalm 119:105 

JULY 15, 1977 

Six Grace College students will be studying abroad 
this summer and next year, according to a recent an- 
nouncement from Profs. Dorothy Toirac and Philip 
Jones of the Modern Language department. These stu- 
dents, in order to fulfill requirements for a major in 
French or Spanish, will be studying in their respective 

Michael Boze, a junior speech major from Berne, In- 
diana, will study at L'lnstitut D'touraine during July and 
August. Boze is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Boze 
of Berne and is a member of the Bethel Brethren Church 

Laura Guerena, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Phil 
Guerena of Mexico City, is a sophomore modern lan- 
guages major at Grace. Laura, a member of Iglesia de los 
Hermanos in Mexico City, will study at the University of 
Mexico this summer. 

Mark Hammett, a senior at Grace, will spend this 
summer as a TIME missionary in Argentina and then will 
continue his education there this fall at the Bible Insti- 
tute at Almafuerte. Hammett, a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Greater Washington, D.C., is the son 
of Col. and Mrs. Floyd E. Hammett of Camp Springs, 

Becky Julien, a senior French major, will be studying 
at Grenoble, France. She is the daugher of French mis- 
sionaries Rev. and Mrs. Tom Julien and is a member of 
the First Brethren Church of Dayton, Ohio. 

Norman Lange, a senior from South Bend, Indiana, 
will be studying at L'lnstitut D'touraine in Tours, 
France. Norm is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Lange, 
Jr., and is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in South 

Mark Nutter, a junior French major, will spend July 
through January studying at Grenoble, France. Mark, 
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Nutter, is a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Ashland, Ohio. 

Grace College students studying abroad in the coming months 
include (back row, I. to r.) Mike Boze, Norm Lange, Mark Ham- 
mett, Prof. Philip Jones. (Front row, I. to r.) Laura Guerena, 
Becky Julien, and Mark Nutter. (Doug Conrad photo) 

New Athletic 

James C. Kessler, a 1970 graduate of Grace College, 
has been named head basketball coach and athletic 
director of the school. He succeeds Phil Hoskins, who 
recently resigned as head Lancer mentor. Kessler has 
been assistant basketball coach, field event coach in 
track, and an instructor in physical education at Grace 
since 1975. 

Kessler, 28, played three years of basketball at Grace 
under former coach Chet Kammerer. In his senior year, 
he was a center and forward on the 1970 Lancer team, 
which had a 26-6 record, won the Grace Turkey Tour- 
ney for the first time, captured second place in the Mid- 
Central Conference and was runner-up in the National 
Christian College Athletic Association basketball tour- 

Kessler received the B.S. degree in physical education 
from Grace and the M.Ed, from the University of Mis- 
souri in 1972. He taught high school and was head coach 
in the St. Clair, Missouri, public schools. He also was 
assistant intramural director during his graduate work 
and was a physical activities specialist with the U.S. 
Army in Washington, D.C., for two years. 

"I am eagerly anticipating being the head basketball 
coach and hope to continue the winning tradition built 
at Grace through the years," Kessler said. "I feel 
honored and am looking forward to working with the 
fine coaching staff." 

Kessler is originally from Hughesville, Missouri. He 
and his wife, Susanne, have three daughters, ages five, 
two, and six months. He is a member of the Warsaw 
Optimist Club, and the Kesslers are active in the Warsaw 
Community Grace Brethren Church. 


Service Awards at Grace— Among those honored for 
years of service at the Grace Schools recognition ban- 
quet were: left to right, Ernest A. Ringler, supervisor of 
grounds-service department, 10 years; Mrs. Florence 
Eagle, supervisor, Alpha Dining Commons, 10 years; Dr. 
Donald DeYoung, associate professor of chemistry, 5 
years; Prof. Yvonne Messner, associate professor of 
physical education, 15 years; Dr. Ray A. Gsell, assistant 
professor of chemistry, 5 years. (Photo by Terry White) 

Recognition Awards— Others receiving recognition 
awards for years of service at Grace Schools included: 
left to right, Terry Howie, maintenance, 5 years; Mrs. 
Betty Vulgamore, secretary to the seminary faculty, 5 
years; Prof. Philip B. Jones, associate professor of Span- 
ish, 5 years; Mrs. Genevieve Thurston, assistant director 
of food services, 5 years; Dewey Melton, field repre- 
sentative, 5 years. Not pictured but receiving awards 
were: Meredith Hammer, secretary, 5 years; Dale Martin, 
maintenance, 10 years; Prof. Philip L. Hoskins, athletic 
director, assistant professor of physical education, 5 
years; Dr. Edgar J. Lovelady, professor of English, 10 
years; and Prof. Ronald O. Henry, director of admis- 
sions, college, and associate professor of history, 15 
years. (Photo by Terry White) 

A Living Memorial gift may be given to Grace College and Seminary, "In 
Memory of the Departed," thereby perpetuating the life of the loved one or 
friend through the lives of the students; or "In Honor of the Living" on such 
occasions as their birthday, wedding, anniversary, or other special event. An 
appropriate expression of "sympathy" or of "congratulations" will be sent 
without revealing the amount of the gift. Please give the full name and 
address of each person. 

Following are those who have been honored during the month of May 


In Memory of : 

E. Lee Vanderbilt 

Mrs. Leon (Dorotha) Hiatt 

Walter Steck 
Merrill King 

Margaret Smetzer 
Allen Cook 

Given by : 

Mrs. Louise Vanderbilt 
Friendship Class, c/o Mrs. Earl 

Hartleroad, Peru, Indiana 

Brethren Church 
Ruth WMC, c/o Janet Horner, 

Peru, Indiana, Brethren Church 
Grace Brethren Church, 

Brookville, Ohio 
District Mission Board, c/o Frank 

Poland, Indiana Fellowship of 

Brethren Churches 
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Miller 
Grace Brethren Church 

Brookville, Ohio 
2:15 Women's S. S. Class 

Sunnyside, Washington, 

Brethren Church 

JULY 15, 1977 

Alumni Honored 

Dr. James L. Boyer and Edward A. Lewis were 
honored at Grace Schools Commencement activities this 
spring as the Grace Theological Seminary and Grace Col- 
lege alumni of the year. 

Lewis, class of 1969, holds the B.M.E. degree from 
Grace College and the M.Div. degree from Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary. While at Grace he was the student 
body president and was named to Who's Who Among 
Students in American Colleges and Universities. He also 
traveled with summer teams and served one term as a 
short-term missionary in the Central African Empire. 

Since graduation he has ministered as assistant pastor 
and youth director for the Winona Lake Brethren 
Church and for the past three and one-half years has 
been director of youth ministries for the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches. His duties include directing 

Twenty-five Years of Christian Service— Dr. S. Herbert 
Bess, center. Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at 
Grace Theological Seminary was honored for 25 years of 
service. He was given tribute for an outstanding contri- 
bution as a professor by Dr. E. William Male, seminary 
dean, at left. Also offering congratulations is Dr. Homer 
A. Kent, Jr., president, at right. (Photo by Terry White) 

According to field representative Dewey Melton, a 
total of $60,000 has been received in annuities since 
January 1, 1977. Mr. Melton will be taking a position in 
the business office of Grace Schools in the fall. His suc- 
cessor will be announced shortly. 

Faculty members leaving the employ of Grace 
Schools at the conclusion of this school year include 
soccer coach Terry Shrock, head basketball coach Phil 
Hoskins and professors Stephen Dearborn (Bible), Lee 
Hahnlen (philosophy) and Terry White (journalism). 
New faculty members will be announced in the next 
Grace issue of the Herald. 

Dr. James L. Boyer, the seminary alumnus of the 
year, has distinguished himself in the field of Christian 
higher education for nearly 30 years. He received the 
A.B. degree from Ashland College in 1932, the S.T.M. 
degree from Bonebrake Theological Seminary in 1942, 
and the Th.D. from Grace Theological Seminary in 

For 16 years he served as pastor in northern Ohio, 
and for the past 26 years he has served on the faculty of 
Grace Schools. He is a highly respected Bible teacher and 
author whose classroom ministry has extended through- 
out the world through his books and Bible chronological 

Dr. Boyer is married to the former Velma Mae Leedy 
and is the father of three children: Leo, Don, and Janet. 

The Alumnus-of-the-Year awards were decided by 
vote of the respective alumni associations, and presenta- 
tions were made by college alumni association president 
Ron Kinley and by Dr. Charles Smith, president of the 
seminary alumni association. 

national youth conference, directing the TIME (Training 
In Missionary Endeavor) program, executive editor of 
Ac'cent magazine, and coordinating activities for the 
Brethren Student Life Volunteers and the summer 
Operation Barnabas team. He is the son of Rev. and Mrs. 
Edward Lewis of Virginia Beach, Virginia, where the 
elder Lewis is pastor of the Grace Brethren Church. 

The Lord has been good to the Brethren Missionary Herald ministry. In the past six 
years we have seen our sales volume double. New BMH Books . . . require large expend- 
itures for inventories; New presses . . . require large cash outlays; A beautiful Herald 
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The degree of Doctor of Ministries was conferred 
on Rev. J. Keith Altig by the Western Graduate 
School of Theology, June 19, at First Brethren 
Church in Long Beach, Calif. 

Katherine Howard, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Leroy 
Howard, former missionaries to Mexico, has begun a 
year of service as a TIME missionary in the CAE. 
Kathy is a registered nurse and has a Master's 
Degree in Christian Education. 

As of June 19 the Third Church of Philadelphia has 
welcomed their new pastor and his wife (Rev. and 
Mrs. Alan Mangum) to the City of Brotherly Love. 
Alan has just concluded some graduate work at Grace 
Seminary and is now enthusiastically looking toward 
service for the Lord in the Philadelphia area. 

At the Mid-Atlantic District Conference, held at Messiah College (May 27-29) the 
extending of an invitation to the 1979 National Conference of Grace Brethren 
Churches was considered. 

It is not always the preacher "on fire" as Pastor Hostetler found out when the 
smoke started to pour out of his van. With the help of friends and the fire de- 
partment the blaze was quenched, but not till the wiring was completely burned. 

Mitchell Cariaga, a junior in high school, was the speaker at the Rialto Brethren 
Church (Calif.), at a recent Sunday morning worship service. Mitchell is the son 
of Phil Cariaga who taught a Thursday evening Bible class at the Los Angeles Jewish 

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Field of Philadelphia College of Bible have moved to Elizabeth- 
town, Pa., where Mr. Field is now the assistant pastor, with emphasis upon youth 
and music. 

A most pleasant surprise came rolling in on a Sunday night at the Bellflower Breth- 
ren Church (Calif.) when funds were presented to Rev. and Mrs. Edmund Leech. The 
money was to be used to buy tires for their car as they continue to keep "rolling 
along" in the Lord's work. 

The Dispatch from Jerusalem contained the following news. .. "World's largest solar 
energy system to operate in Denver, Colo. It will provide hot water/central heating 
for the new downtown bus station. The 1,400 giant solar collectors were made by 
Miromit Ltd., Ashkelon, Israel." 

Manuel Diaz and his wife are ministering to the youth in the Vernon Brethren Church, 
Telford, Tenn. Manuel is serving as youth director. 

Two beloved ministers with the Lord. Rev. Albert Flory was called home recently 
after a long illness. He served as principal of Whittier Christian High School and 
also in the same capacity at Brethren High in Long Beach, Calif. Rev. Fred Walter, 
pastor of the Listie Brethren Church, Listie, Pa. , was suddenly called home on 
June 12. Pastor Walter had been in pastorates at Aleppo and Kittanning (North 
Buffalo), both in Pennsylvania, and also at Harrah, Wash. 


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AUGUST. 1- 1977: 

Reflections By Still Waters 

A Bluejay Attacks 


Other Problems of Doing Good ! ! 

Charles W. Turner • Editor 

Every minister has come into con- 
tact with the problem: David struggled 
with the thoughts in the Psalms, and 
Peter went to great lengths to answer 
the misunderstanding. The problem? 
When a person seeks to do good, only 
to find the results turn out to be nega- 
tive or even harmful. Have you ever 
heard of the fellow who stopped his 
car along the highway to help a 
stranded motorist, only for the Good 
Samaritan to be hit by a passing car? 
How about the rescuer on the lake 
helping to save someone in danger, and 
the person who was near drowning 
makes it to safety and the helper 
drowns? These are only a few illustra- 
tions of the way a helpful person may 
become the innocent victim of events. 

This matter was brought to mind 
several weeks ago on a relatively small 
scale. I heard the neighbor boy yelling 
with a slight degree of distress. Upon 
investigating the problem I found his 
three dogs were after a small, baby 
blue jay. The small blue jay was out of 
the nest on one of those maiden flights 
and the solo trip had resulted in a 
crash landing. The dogs were only 
doing what normal dogs would do in 
such circumstances and that was trying 
to play with the floppy new bird in 
the neighborhood. 

So I went to help the boy settle the 
problem and get his dogs away from 
the frightened blue jay. After getting 
the dogs away from the scene, my 
next semi-brilliant act was to get the 
bird away from the area. When I 
gently shooed the little bird across the 
road, I was suddenly struck in the 
back of the head by a very solid ob- 
ject. From the corner of my eye I saw 
an in-flight object and heard the sound 
of a much larger blue jay. Mother had 
attacked me, supposing that I was do- 
ing her offspring some harm. My first 
reaction was, "Ma'am, you can take 
care of your own from now on, the 

dogs can have your little offspring." 

My feeling was intensified a few 
moments later when I put my hand to 
the back of my head to find I was 
bleeding. (The hair on top of my head 
isn't too thick, you know.) She had 
cut me in two places with her beak 
and claws. As she sat on the limb over 
my head carrying on a loud conver- 
sation in "blue jay," I thought to 
myself, "Lady, I will never vote for 
you as a state bird." She said some- 
thing else as I retreated to "Florence 
Nightingale Turner" for the repair of 
my wounds. 

Later after due consideration of the 
situation, I had to change my feelings 
for the bird, as I faced the fact she was 
merely seeking to protect her young. 
This trait is possibly found more often 
in birds than some other created be- 
ings. The total situation was not im- 
proved though, as on my way back to 
the office I listened to the news and of 
all things— they were reporting certain 
diseases being carried by mosquitoes 
and . . . birds. That made my day com- 
plete, except for the thought—there's 
an editorial in all of this. 

Sunday School Teacher, have you 
ever gone to great lengths to help a 
certain child who needed that extra 
help, and then have either parents or 
child turn on you? Pastor, how about 
the fellow who you lead to the Lord 
and he later made your life miserable? 
Or Neighbor, did you ever with su- 
perior expertise help your friend cut 
down his tree, only to see it drop on 
his house? Then it was friend no long- 
er. Charlie Brown has searched this 
problem more thoroughly than most 
of us, only to ask himself, how can a 
fellow who is so sincere lose a baseball 
game by 75 runs? Such are the prob- 
lems of life! 

Lord, there is some light on this 
subject, but where? The thought 
struck me that Paul has given the an- 

swer. Here it is: "And let us not be 
weary in well doing: for in due season 
we shall reap, if we faint not" (Gal. 
6:9). Our problem, so often, is looking 
for the reward rather than following 
the commandments. We do a good 
deed and somehow we expect the 
heavens to open and God to hand 
down an immediate reward or pat us 
on the head and say, "You are such a 
good person." 

Compliance with the command- 
ment is what really counts for now. 
God did not put us on the "instant 
reward" plan. God said in "due sea- 
son" you will do the reaping. No farm- 
er plants corn in the morning and 
reaps it that very evening or even the 
next day. He waits! No horticulturist 
who specializes in roses can plant on 
Friday and cut roses the next Monday. 
He follows the timetable of growth 
and maturity and then he reaps. 

The fainting not, also means much. 
When you have done a good deed and 
you have received negative results, it is 
easy to declare a "pity party" for 
yourself and be reminded of how you 
have sought to be good for God and 
how everyone seems to mistreat you. 
That is classified as spiritual fainting 
and that's bad. Or you may say as I 
did to Ms. Blue Jay: "If that's the way 
you want it, the dogs can have your 

Christian, have you ever had this re- 
action against someone you tried to 
help and he rejected your offer? "If 
that's the way you want it, don't ask 
me for help, Brother." Of course this 
was muttered under your breath! Keep 
the commandments and place the time 
of reward in the hands of the giver of 
all good and perfect gifts. 

In the meantime, I will check all 
the tree limbs over my head the next 
time I help a little bird. But even with 
a minor scar or two, it felt good to 
know the little bird had survived some 
of the problems of its early life. 




The Last Lap of the Journey ... 4 

Twenty New Missionaries 6 

Three Factors in Mission Strategy 8 

Caution: Men Working 10 

BMH News Summary 12 

Women Manifesting Christ 15 

The Name She Would Not Speak. 17 

Christian Education 19 

Be Kind to Your Parishioners. . .20 

The President Applauds 21 

BMH Newest News 24 


^According to the statistics of the 
irecent Brethren Annual, our Brother- 
hood is made up of about 50 percent 



(Cover photo: The Robinson family is ready to 
go to Argentina, and will be leaving about Sep- 
tember 1, 1977, for language study. Read more 
about the candidates on page 6. (Photo by 
Gordon Austin) 

in the 

35 Years Ago- 1942 

The Martinsburg, Pa., church 
adopted the support of Mrs. Gar- 
ner Hoyt. ... The District WMC 
presidents sent in reports: Janice 
Grubb from Southeast; Florence 
Lorena from East; Leila Polman 
from Central District; Mrs. John 
Gnagy from Southern California. 

{ We have programs for the youth, the 
boys, and the girls, but there is no 
program for our "Posteens" or Senior 
Citizens. In this area other denomina- 
tions as well as secular organizations 
are well ahead of us. 

15 Years Ago- 1962 

Dr. W. A. Ogden has accepted the call 
to be pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, Washington, D.C. . . . Dr. 
Charles Mayes has been called to serve 
the First Brethren Church, Long Beach, 
Calif., for the 17th year. ... Edward 
Lewis has assumed his duties as pastor of 
the Palmyra, Pa., church. 

We in First Brethren of Philadelphia 
have risen to the situation with e 
monthly program of inspiration and 
recreation followed by refreshments 
We have chosen a name for our group 
and have elected officers to direct the 
program and activities. Since forming 
about two years ago, we have taken 
three bus trips. 

We would appreciate hearing from 
similar groups throughout the Brother- 
hood with a desire to exchange ideas. 

It may be possible to insert a column 
in the Herald at some future date for 
the exchanging of ideas for the senior 

Anyone desiring information about 

our Fellowship may contact: Rev. Don 

Shackleton, Philologos Fellowship of 

First Brethren Church, Oxford Ave. 

and KnorrSt., Philadelphia, Pa. 19111 

Volume 39 Number 15 August 1,1977 

Published bimonthly by 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 

P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, lndiana'46590 

Printed by BMH Printing 

Production Manager, Bruce Bnckel 


Charles W. Turner 

Managing Editor 

Kenneth E. Herman 

Editorial Secretary 

Fern L. Sandy 

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Departmental Editors: Christian Educa- 
tion: Knute Larson, James Long. Foreign 
Missions: Rev. John Zielasko, Marcia 
Wardell. Grace Schools: Dr. Homer A. 
Kent, Jr., Terry White. Home Missions: 
Dr. Lester E. Pifer. WMC: Linda Hoke 

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5 Years Ago- 1972 

James Marshall has accepted the call to 
Peru, Ind., as pastor. . . . Dedication of the 
new Missions Building was held during na- 
tional conference. . . . James Long joins the 
staff of the CED. . . . Two individuals on TIME 
assignments are Wayne Hannah and Tom 

Editor's Note: The Herald magazine 
will be happy to act as an exchange 
point for information regarding the 
activities of "Posteens" (Senior Citi- 
zens). Send us your working ideas— 
we'll print them.-CWT 

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AUGUST 1, 1977 


Miss Estella Myers 

(FMS editor's note: Not long before 
her death 20 years ago, pioneer mis- 
sionary Miss Estella Myers wrote a 
series of articles dealing with the estab- 
lishment of the Brethren mission in 
Africa. This installment, the eighth in 
the series, is reprinted from the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald for July 7, 

At Bangui the Sedec Company had 
given us permission to live in one of 
their small empty houses near the river 
until we could make the trip to our 
station. Many of the porters who 
stayed on the grounds were sick with 
the grippe and it was necessary to treat 
them every day. We had tepoys made 
to carry us to Bassai. The baggage was 
prepared so that no piece would weigh 
more than 55 pounds, which was a 
load for a porter to carry on his head. 
After all the preparations for traveling 
were completed, we gave each porter 
his load and started very early one 
morning on our journey toward Bo- 
zoum. We followed the auto road as 
far as it was made; then we took the 
narrow winding path through the 
jungle. We crossed the large rivers in 
canoes or on overhanging bridges. Over 
the smaller streams we were carried in 

the tepoys, the natives wading in the 
water. The trip was a long, hot one, 
and at every river or stream, the por- 
ters put their loads down on the 
ground and descended the bank and 
took baths. 

In the forest country we saw the 
women carrying their loads on their 
backs, strapped across their foreheads. 
We saw very few animals; yet some- 
times monkeys and apes could be seen 
in the trees or on the path. The natives 
living along the way wondered about 
these newcomers who were marching 
through their land with many loads, 
and they feared us and were not 
friendly to us. Each evening we arrived 
at the end of the day's journey tired 
and hungry. It was a hard trip for our 
porters, for many were not well and 
unable to carry their loads. Two of the 
number died on the way. 

On December 24, 1921, we entered 
a deserted village to stay not only for 
the night but also the next day, for it 
would be Sunday and Christmas and I 
had fever. We were not in the village 
long until we noticed a fire all around 
us, not far away. The owners of the 
village had left their homes that they 
might be away from the traveled path 
and also away from the eyes of the 
government. They did not intend that 
anyone would use their village, espe- 
cially white people, so the owners 

tried to burn us out. As fast as the 
porters fought the fire, the more 
places were seen in flames. We were 
losing the fight in the struggle. We sent 
Pondo, our servant, to find some of 
the people and tell them we were not 
government people but had some good 
news to tell them. We asked him to 
bring back with him at least five men 
that we might tell them this "Good 
News." Pondo returned with the men 
and brought them into my hut. I told 
them that we were in their land to tell 
them that there was a good place to go 
after one died and how to get to God's 
house. I told them we loved them and 
wanted them to love Jesus who was 
their Saviour. We requested them not 
to burn down the village, that we were 
going on in two days. They agreed, 
and from then on we had peace. 

One day Charlotte Hillegas did not 
feel well, and we decided to make the 
next day's journey that night to avoid 
the hot sun. We took our cots, duffle 
bags, lantern, and enough porters to 
carry us. Mr. Jobson stayed back with 
the tired porters to come early in the 
morning. During the night our tepoys 
broke down. We left the broken pieces 
in the path and tied a blanket to a pole 
and Charlotte was carried in the blan- 
ket. We arrived safely and were soon 
fast asleep in the rest house. The next 
day Mr. Jobson rushed into the village 
and was so glad to find us safe for he 
had seen the broken pieces of the 
tepoys along the way and feared we 
had encountered animals. 

All along the way the women were 
interested in our long hair, and we let 
it hang for their enjoyment. On the 
path the natives carried spears for self- 
defense. Their diet was according to 
the season. During the season for 
white ants they ate white ants; in the 
season for worms on the trees they ate 
worms; when the grasshoppers were 
plentiful they caught and ate grass- 
hoppers. In the dry season they 
burned the tall grass to hunt animals 
and had meat to eat. For fish, they 
made a dam in the stream and many 
women pitched the water over the 
dam with gourds and caught the fish as 
they backed up. Traps were made and 
set in the rivers for the large fish. 


Snakes were a delicacy. When our por- 
ter killed one on the path, they carried 
it until evening so they could eat it. 
They did have manioc gardens far 
away from the path. 

Distance was measured by streams 
or brooks. If we should ask how far it 
was to the next village, they would an- 
swer, "Three waters," or as many 
streams as we were to cross before we 
arrived there. 

As often as we could, we preached 
to the people along the way, using 
Pondo as interpreter. We often came 
to a village where the people were 
drinking, gambling, and dancing. 
Sometimes in the village the people 
were mourning and wailing to the 
sound of a drum, and the women were 
throwing themselves on the ground 
like they were mad, for some relative 
had died. Indeed we knew we were 
traveling on the devil's camping 

We finally arrived at Bozoum De- 
cember 31 and found Mr. Gribble 
waiting for us. We all went to Bassai 
that evening by foot or bicycle. Before 
dark we crossed the swift river Ouham 
in canoes, and traveled the snake-like 
trail through the Karre mountains 
until we reached Bassai. 

Tents were our first homes, until 
our mud houses were finished. The 
people came to see us and were curi- 
ous to see our possessions. It seemed a 
small crowd was always near to watch 
us. Women wore leaves, the men wore 
bark of a certain tree, and the children 
wore sunshine. The children loved to 
peep under the sides of our tent. When 
it was too much, we would throw a 
cup of water in their faces to stop 
them. They understood that language. 

Obtaining food was a problem. The 
natives hid their chickens and goats on 
the other side of the mountain so we 
would not know that they had them. 
We lived on what we could buy of the 
native foods. We were so thankful for 
the dried fruit that was sent to us 
through the mail. As soon as supplies 
were permitted to come into the 
colony, the stores sent us flour and 
canned goods. One day four cans of 
cheese came with some other things. 
The two men each devoured a can of 


African carrying a load on his back 

the cheese at one sitting, so hungry 
were they for something new. Truly in 
every way we leaned upon the Lord. 
There was an embargo act on at 
Matadi. The little railroad could not 
bring up all the supplies that were to 
come into the country, and this was 
hard on the white people. The Lord 
knew we were willing to endure that 
we might make disciples for Him out 
of these unlovely people. It mattered 
not what we might need to suffer or 
be deprived of— just so that natives in 
that heathen land could hear about 
Jesus and accept Him as their Saviour. 
We knew that our advance must be on 
our knees. We had prayer meetings to- 
gether every day. 

The Africans were eager to teach us 
their language that we might tell them 
the "Good News." A great deal of our 
time was spent with them, trying to 
speak what we knew of their language. 
We made some dreadful mistakes. One 
day I said to the boy: "Take this water 

out to the goat (hala)," instead of 
"outside {kala)." He was gone a long 
time, and then came back with the 
basin of dirty water, saying: "I cannot 
make the goat drink it." I then said: 
"Throw it outside [kala)." I realized 
that I had said hala instead of kala. 

Soon after we arrived, Mr. Jobson 
thought he would go hunting to get 
some guineas. He saw five guineas sit- 
ting on a limb. He shot one; it fell. He 
shot another; it fell— and so on until he 
had shot all five. They did not fly, for 
they did not know the noise of a gun. 
Perhaps they thought it was thunder. 

Things are changed now, for in the 
Congo things change rapidly. Even the 
hearts of the people are changing: old 
things are passing away and all things 
are becoming new. In the place of fear 
and sadness comes joy and freedom. 
May God hasten the day when all have 
the chance to hear the "Good News" 
and be saved. 

AUGUST 1, 1977 

Twenty New Missionaries 

(FMS editor's note: Brief biographies 
are presented here. More detailed 
write-ups were printed in the April, 
May, and June issues of Foreign Mis- 
sion Echoes. The Gegners are already 
on the field, and the Schrocks expect 
to depart in January 1978. The rest 
are due to begin their language study 
in France, Germany, and Argentina by 
approximately September I, 1977.) 

GEGNERS— After serving ten years 
with another mission in France, Philip 
and Nancy Gegner felt led to join the 
Brethren mission. Already well 
equipped for the work because of their 
knowledge of the language, the people, 
and the culture, and with support 
underwritten, they returned to France 
in May 1977. They are situated in 
Chalon, where the Dave Shargels have 
been serving, presently filling in during 
the Shargels' furlough. The Gegners 
are members of the First Brethren 
Church of Dayton, Ohio, and their 
children are Beth, Joel and Marc. 

HUDSONS-Elliott ("Tex") Hudson is 
a 1977 graduate of Grace Seminary 
with an M.Div. degree. Tex studied 
business in college and also has a mas- 
ters degree in that field. He spent two 
years in the U.S. Army stationed in 
France, and then for eight years 
worked in the financial world. Balti- 
more, Maryland, is home to Tex and 
Betsy. They are members of the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church. Their 
children are Molly, Andy and Tim. 

PAPPAS-Both John and Becky Pap- 
pas come from Columbus, Ohio. Both 
are 1976 Grace graduates— John from 
the seminary and Becky from the col- 
lege. They are members of the Worth- 
ington (Columbus) Grace Brethren 
Church, and this past year John has 
been working as an intern on the staff 
of that church. They will become the 
second family in the Brethren work in 
Germany where the Roger Peughs have 
labored by themselves since 1969. The 
Pappas family includes a little daugh- 
ter, Monica. 

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PEER— In going to Argentina, Peter 
Peer will be making his third trip to 
that land. He first studied for a year in 
the Brethren Bible Institute there; 
then in 1975 he led a TIME team to 
Argentina. Pete is a "PK"; his father 
presently pastors the Brethren church 
in Berne, Indiana. Pete is a graduate of 
Grace College and also of Grace Semi- 
nary (1977). 

COBURNS-Both are PKs-Richard's 
father is now pastoring the Communi- 
ty Brethren Church of Los Angeles, 
California, and SheryPs father is a 
pastor in Texas. Rich is a graduate of 
Biola College and Grace Seminary. He 
served as a TIME missionary in Brazil 
one summer, and has been assistant 
pastor at Westminster, California. 
Sheryl is a 1977 graduate of Grace 
College. They are members of the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church. 

ROBINSONS-Both Ralph and Caro- 
lyn were born and reared in the South. 
Both are graduates of Nyack Mission- 
ary College. Carolyn is also a registered 
nurse. Ralph has studied Spanish quite 
intensively, served ten months in 
Colombia as a student missionary 
helper, and has attended Grace Semi- 
nary. They are members of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Orlando, Florida, 
and their children are Maria, Jeff and 

Puerto Rico 

IHROCKS- A native of Argentina 
lere he and his twin sister were born 
missionary parents, Norman 
hrock had an early exposure to two 
Itures and two languages. The 
:hers of both Norm and Claudia are 
w Brethren pastors in California. 
>rm and Claudia are Grace College 
iduates; Norm also attended Grace 
minary. Schrock served one summer 
th a TIME team to Puerto Rico; 
er pastored the Bell, California, 
ethren Church; and is now associate 
;tor at Simi Valley, California. The 
irocks have a young son, Peter. 


\RRELL- Richard Harrell is a grad- 
te of Bob Jones University and 
ace Seminary. The year he spent in 
Tica in 1974-75, as a member of 
TIME team, was used of the Lord 
direct him toward full-time mis- 
)nary service in the Chad. Rich is 
member of Community Grace Breth- 
n Church of Whittier, California. 

IMMELS- Howard and June Immel are 
from Ohio; both were born in the 
same community. Both are Grace Col- 
lege graduates, and Howard also at- 
tended Grace Seminary. After some 
years in other activities, they took the 
Child Evangelism Fellowship leader- 
ship training course, following which 
Howard became director of the CEF 
of Greater Columbus (Ohio). They are 
active in the work of their church, 
East Side Grace Brethren of Colum- 
bus. Their children are Lisa, Kirk and 

DAVIS- Following graduation from 
Columbia Bible College (South Caro- 
lina), Diana Davis began a unique full- 
time work of teaching the Bible in the 
public schools of Bluefield, West Vir- 
ginia, and has done this for the past 12 
years. Now she is anticipating a similar 
ministry, but on the foreign field. She 
is a member of the Ireland Road Grace 
Brethren Church, South Bend, in her 
native state of Indiana. 

SKEEN- A native of Columbus, Ohio, 
and a member of that city's Grace 
Brethren Church, Robert Skeen is a 
1976 graduate of Grace Seminary with 
a M.Div. degree. Earlier he had served 
in Germany with the U.S. Army. Since 
seminary graduation he has been serv- 
ing as assistant pastor working with 
Rev. Ed Jackson at the Kenai (Alaska) 
Grace Brethren Church. One of his 
duties has been commuting weekly to 
Anchorage to teach a Bible class and 
meet with believers interested in estab- 
lishing a Brethren church there. 

WARRICK- Ron Warrick is another 
Ohio native, a graduate of Ohio State, 
and he received his M.Div. degree from 
Grace Seminary in 1976. Carol War- 
rick is from California, is a graduate of 
Grace College, and has had school- 
teaching experience in the elementary 
grades, both in Long Beach, California, 
and in Columbus, Ohio. She spent one 
year teaching missionary children in 
Peru. The Warricks, just married this 
past June, are members of the Worth- 
ington (Columbus) Grace Brethren 

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Three Factors 
in Mission Strategy 

Part II 

Rev. John W. Zielasko 

The second important factor that 
needs to be considered in any military 
strategy is mobility. 

Two stories, one quaint and one 
modern, will serve to illustrate. During 
the American Revolution there was a 
naval battle fought between the 
French and the British that is known 
as the Curious Battle of Virginia 
Capes. The French fleet was sent to 
help the Colonies and entered Chesa- 
peake Bay. The opposing British fleet 
approached from New York. Many 
(2,000) of the French sailors were on 
shore leave, but Admiral de Grasse pre- 
pared to sortie in spite of the man- 
power shortage. Unfortunately, he 
couldn't get his ships into formation 
because of an unfavorable wind. Sir 
Samuel Hood, on the other hand, had 
the British ships in battle line and 
could have taken the advantage and 
battered the French— but he didn't. In- 
stead he held to tradition and kept 
those ships in impeccable battle line. 
The French, by observing that the 
British were not going to break ranks, 
could have concentrated on one ship 
at a time and defeated the British— but 
they didn't Tradition again prevailed, 
and the battle ended in a draw. 
Neither was willing to change to de- 
part from outmoded methods. Neither 
fleet recognized the importance of 

During the six-day Arab-Israeli War, 
the Arabs had the finest tanks that the 
Soviet Union could provide. Foolishly 
the Egyptian army buried the tanks in 
the sand, thus destroying the very pur- 
pose of a tank to be mobile. Needless 
to say, the Israeli tanks easily took a 
bearing on the immobile Egyptians 
and destroyed them. 

It is possible for missions to be just 

as ineffective and for the same reason. 
J. Waskom Pickett in his book, The 
Dynamics of Church Growth, gives 
one illustration concerning the need 
for mobility in missions: "Sometimes 
a missionary who has resolved to de- 
vote himself entirely to direct evangel- 
ism is invited to help an isolated group 
of people who desire to become Chris- 
tians. But he does not respond because 
he has purchased a home some dis- 
tance away, and feels that he must 
continue to occupy it to protect it 
against thieves. He tries in vain to start 
a church near where he lives by occa- 
sional visits to people near his home 

(rather) than those who are asking for 
his help. The preservation of mobility 
for the missionary and the resources at 
his command are far more important 
than the residential occupation of 
strategic centers. " 

There may be need for greater co- 
operation between the mission and the 
church in many areas, but there is no 
good reason for the mission to submit 
to pressures (as has happened in some 

places) and merge with the national 
church. Such a mission begins to spend 
all its time and resources on the 
church, loses its identity, loses its 
vision, and eventually loses its mission- 
aries—at least its evangelists and 
church planters. This is a live issue on 
many fields today, including our own 
work in Africa. 

A mission can also immobilize itself 
by permitting the national church to 
so control its affairs that the very 
reason for its existence is completely 

A third way that a mission im- 
mobilizes itself is through heavy con- 
centration of missionaries on mission 
compounds (institutions) or around 
missionary children's schools. A mis- 
sion needs to take stock periodically 
and determine if it has a healthy mo- 

The third factor that must be con- 
sidered in a strategy is communication. 

In 1939, on a tip from Polish Intel- 
igence, the British stole from the Ger- 
mans a coding machine dubbed "Enig- 
ma." The British devised another 
machine called "Ultra" to un- 
scramble the messages. Thus 
they knew of Operation Sea 
Lion, the Germans' planned 
invasion of England. Before it 
happened, they knew of Opera- 
tion Eagle, the bombing of Eng- 
land; the location of the Bismarck 
was never in doubt; and the buzz bomb 
center was no secret. Every move Rom- 
mel made in North Africa, and every 
order by Hitler and Goring was known 
by the British within minutes, simply 
because their communication system 
was superb. This was almost as good 
as havinga prophet of the Lord (Elisha) 

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Marian Thurston teaching girls leaders 

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(FMS editor's note: Miss Lois Wilson 
has sent these testimonies with the fol- 
lowing explanation: "The testimonies 
were written as an assignment for a 
secretary badge during a Lumiere 
camp Mary Cripe and I had in Febru- 
ary. This was the first time I've 
worked with Mary and it was a terrific 
experience. She is a wonderful teacher. 
And we had a great time with the girls. 
We lived in a small two-room cornstalk 
house— nice and breezy. The church 
people were putting the finishing 
touches on it (fresh leaves for the 
roof) as we drove in. We were there 
ten days and had a large group of girls, 
advanced in the Lumiere program. 
This was an unexpected pleasure and 
shows what follow-up through the 
years will do in a district. I'm praying 
for similar results here in the Bozoum 
district. All girls were in their middle 
teens. ") 

Denane Heleine— I believed in 
Christ when I was still a child. My pas- 
tor, Dombi Gaston, showed me how to 
believe. I was later baptized and began 
to attend Lumiere. Since I believed in 
Christ my faith has not fallen. But one 
time when I went to Lumiere camp I 
became very sick. An older relative in 
my village asked me, "Where did you 
get that sickness?" I told her that I 
had gone to Lumiere camp and my 
body had begun to hurt me there. So 
my relative said, "I don't want to see 
your feet go to another Lumiere 
camp." But I didn't listen to her. It 
was just a trial to make my faith grow. 
I thank God very much that He 
opened the way for me to come to this 
camp at Beboujawe (BAY-boo-jah- 
way). Jesus said, "He who comes to 
Me, I will never put him out." 

AUGUST 1, 1977 

Bonaro Ruth— When I was six years 
old I could have believed, but I looked 
at the things of God as just things 
worth nothing. When my friends asked 
me to go to class (Lumiere), or other 
believers called to me, "Ruth, let's go 
to class," I answered, "So what's 
that?" They told me that class was a 
meeting of believers. It was very good, 
they said. I would hear someone 
preach God's Word and some people 
would believe on Jesus Christ. But I 
just said to myself, "But, Ruth, who 
made you anyway?" And I answered 
myself, "Didn't your mother and 
father make you? It wasn't God." So I 
told my friends to go if they wanted 
to. But always, they came and asked 
me to go, and warned me from God's 
Word that I should listen to Him. It 
wasn't until I became ten years old 
that I finally went to class. Then I 
began to see things differently and 
wanted to believe in Jesus, and I did, 
in 1971. The pastor who showed me 
how to believe was Bele Abel. Later, in 
October, I received baptism. In 1972 I 
began Lumiere classes. I did the first 
level with Pastor Mathieu (an overseer 
of that Lumiere district). Then the 
next year I did the second level with 
Mademoiselle Thurston. The next year 
I had class with Madame Mensinger at 
Betoko. And now this year I am begin- 
ning the last level with Mademoiselle 
Cripe. I now know that God's Word is 
the truth. This is my testimony. 

Dembeti Florence— When I was 
seven years old I was old enough to 
believe in Christ. My friends asked me 
to go to Lumiere class. I asked them, 
"Class, what for?" So they told me, 
and I went. The pastor preached the 
lesson and it fell on my head and I 

believed on Jesus Christ. Then I at- 
tended converts classes three months 
till I received baptism. I began 
Lumiere classes, too, and I did the first 
level with Pastor Matthieu. I did the 
second level with Mademoiselle Marthe 
(an African young lady who helps 
Mary Cripe frequently). Then I did the 
third level with Madame Mensinger. 
Now I am working in Mademoiselle 
Cripe's class and I know that God's 
Word is true. I am trying to talk to 
people about believing in Christ. I 
know that Christ loves me very much, 
so I give Him many thanks. 

Dembeti Esther— I was born Febru- 
ary 27, 1962. Then I grew until, when 
I was six years old, another older rela- 
tive of mine and I went to school at 
the same time. My father is a pastor. 
And he preached God's Word always 
to us. My older relative believed in 
Christ, but I didn't think anything 
about Christ, nothing at all. But one 
day another pastor came from Beboy 
to our church. He preached about be- 
lieving in Christ. He said that those 
who didn't believe in Christ would not 
see heaven. Those words hit my heart 
and I got up and went to believe on 
the name of Jesus Christ. I attended 
converts class for one month till I re- 
ceived baptism on July 12, 1969. I 
began Lumiere and did the first level 
with Pastor Matthieu in 1969. Then I 
went to camp at Betoko and did class 
with Mademoiselle Thurston in 1974. 
In 1975 I did my third level with 
Madame Mensinger and that was when 
I began really to understand God's 
Word. Now I am doing the fourth level 
with Mademoiselle Cripe. 

I would like to see our organiza- 
tion start the radio program again!" 
We were sitting in the living room of 
Alfredo Panotto's home when he ex- 
pressed this desire. The occasion was a 
meeting of the executive committee of 
the national men's organization. How 
did this meeting come about? Well, it's 
a long story, yet a short story. After a 
very long siege of coldness, lack of 
growth, and especially of open wounds 
in the church generally, with a few 
oases here and there, about two and a 
half years ago things began to fall into 

The visit of the TIME team that 
year encouraged many of the 
churches, while the visit to the U.S. on 
the part of two national pastors, 
Eduardo Coria and Juan Colle, helped 
them to sec the need for outreach. The 

time was ripe for the Lord to bring 
about a change. What has happened in 
the last year, while not spectacular, is 
a sign of renewed health in the church. 

How has this unfolded? Let us con- 
sider several areas. 

MEN'S WORK: On June 26, 1976, 
a men's rally was held at a ranch 
owned by a believer in General Ca- 
brera. There were 38 men present, and 
the stated purpose of the meeting was 
to consider our responsibility as men 
and as a church in the area of evangel- 
ism. The overwhelming decision at 
that meeting was to form an evangel- 
istic team. Enough money was pledged 
to be given over the period of four 
months to cover the purchase of a 
movie projector, a PA system, and two 
films. The exciting thing about this 
was that the offering pledged by the 
missionaries was only a drop in the 
bucket compared to the other offer- 
ings. This was a national project, and 
we could see the Lord working right 
before our eyes. Another red letter 
day that year was November 27. The 
meeting was called with the stated pur- 
pose of informing the men of the prog- 
ress of plans toward the formation of 
the evangelistic team. With that ac- 
complished, another wonderful thing 
happened. One of the men stood and 
made a motion that a national men's 
committee be organized to plan these 
rallies and to provide a more solid 
foundation for the financial backing of 
the evangelistic team and any other 
activities which might come into the 

realm of the men's work in the church. 
This last suggestion was given by Mr. 
Panotto, but it was not until later that 
we realized at what he was driving. 

You see, Mr. Panotto has a soft 
spot in his heart for the radio ministry, 
because he is blind. A radio ministry 
would be one of the easiest ways for 
him to get some needed edification. 
He has books and reads Braille, but 
you can't get too much into a Braille 
book. In fact, his Braille Bible and a 
few commentaries occupy all of one 
wall in one of his rooms. Let us pray 
that his dream may become a reality. 

The evangelistic team is now func- 
tioning. The camp vehicle is being used 
for transportation, and the mission bus 
has been used when the camp vehicle 
was not in running order. As for sta- 
tistics, the first series of meetings was 
held in La Carlota, April 9 and 10. 
There were 75 present the first night 
and 147 the second, and 10 made 
public decisions. The second meeting 
was held in Rio Cuarto May 14 and 
15, with 140 and 180 in attendance 
and 3 decisions. The Lord has blessed, 
and we can say gladly that this is only 
the beginning. 

BIBLE INSTITUTE: At a national 
church executive committee meeting 
last year, the subject was brought up 
concerning the need to reopen the 
Bible Institute. Many things led to the 
April 5, 1977, reopening of this 
school. But that is a whole story in 
itself, and I've asked my father to tell 
us about that. Be looking for that 
story in the very near future. 

aspect where I believe we are begin- 
ning to see only the tip of the iceberg. 
When Juan Colle went to national con- 
ference at Winona Lake in 1975, he 
was impressed with the missionary em- 
phasis at that conference. He returned 
with a new view of the work of mis- 
sions and missionaries. Later, when I 
saw him in Rio Cuarto, he expressed a 
desire to have me come and present a 
missionary message in his church. His 
desire was to acquaint his people with 
the work of missions in other parts of 
the world. Through this he hopes to 
do several things: 1) Aim the people's 
prayers toward missions; 2) Eliminate 
the "Elijah syndrome" ("I, and I only 



(Continued from page 10) 

am left") by clearly presenting the 
30,000-plus U.S. Brethren, the 
70,000-plus Africans, and others; 3) 
Get the people thinking about their 
missionary responsibility. The Lord 
willing, the Spanish version of Fields 
in Focus, narrated by Eduardo Coria, 
will be shown in Mr. Colle's church on 
July 10. May the Lord bless this pre- 
sentation as it is shown also in the 
other churches at later dates. 

We could spend much more time 
telling of the things God has been 
doing in camp, conference, women's 
work, and especially the steady work 
of the local churches, but we will leave 
them for another occasion. 

I, for one, am excited to have been 
called by the Lord to serve Him in 
Argentina at a time when the country 
is not only wide open to the Gospel, 
but responding. 

Dedication of evangelistic team 

Three Factors 
in Mission Strategy 

(Continued from page 8) 

to reveal the secrets of the enemy as 
did the King of Israel (II Kings 6:12). 
Hitler and Goering were known by the 
British within minutes, simply because 
their communication system was su- 
perb. This was almost as good as hav- 
ing a prophet of the Lord (Elisha) to 
reveal the secrets of the enemy as did 
the King of Israel (II Kings 6:12). 

In 1974, 30 Army Special Forces 
reservists were on maneuvers near the 
Everglades in Miami. Their guns were 
loaded with blanks and they were tak- 
ing part in war games. However, soon 
the game became quite serious as 23 
sheriff's deputies armed with live 
ammunition began to fire on them. 
They were responding to a call for 
help from a wildlife officer. Neither he 
nor the deputies had been informed 
that war games were in progress. A 
dangerous game due to poor communi- 

Missions must keep its communica- 
tion lines open in the following areas: 

1) With the Lord-through Bible study 

and prayer; 

2) With each other: 

a) In our organization, 

b) In our personal relationships; 

3) With our church: 

a) The home constituency, 

b) The national church; 

4) With the government. It is interest- 
ing to notice in the Book of Acts 
that although the Christians did en- 
counter persecution from religious 
people— both the Jews and the 
pagans— yet their relationship with 
government officials remained 

5) We also need constant intelligence 
reports based on facts. Many deci- 
sions are based on opinions and 
feelings rather than on facts. The 
missionary needs to know as thor- 
oughly as possible the culture and 
the reasons why people think and 
act the way they do. And he cer- 
tainly needs a working knowledge 
of the religion that binds the people 
with whom he is working. 

6) But perhaps the most important 
area of communication for the mis- 
sionary is his ability to preach and 
teach clearly the message of the 
Bible in the language of the people. 
I knew a missionary whom I will 

not embarrass by naming here. He 
was a very godly man and I admired 
him for his zeal, dedication to 
Christ, and his willingness to endure 
unbelievable hardships in order to 
take the Gospel to the Indians of 
South America. But he could not 
communicate effectively with the 
majority of his contacts because he 
did not know their language. His 
ministry was basically through the 
use of records— nothing wrong with 
that— but he had the strange idea 
that it really didn't matter what 
language was used to preach the 
Gospel. Records in Spanish, Portu- 
guese, French, English, whatever, 
could be of use among the Indians. 
Even if the people couldn't under- 
stand the language, somehow the 
Lord would see to it that they did 
understand. His scriptural backing 
for this opinion was "the entrance 
of thy words giveth light" (Ps. 
119:130). As long as the Word was 
entering, light would result no 
matter what language was used. 
When these three factors- 
firepower, mobility, and communica- 
tion are adequately plugged into a mis- 
sion program, then there is a better 
basis to begin strategy planning. 

AUGUST 1, 1977 

Hews Summary 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Evangelical Press Association ^^^ 

• Can a Brethren church be born in a Burger King in 
Iowa? Ted Coulsen hopes so. Ted is a member of First 
Brethren Church, Des Moines, Iowa, but he is one of 
those church members who believes in the outreach pro- 
gram. Consequently, when he felt the Lord was leading 
him to help in starting another testimony, he was ready 
to be the teacher of this group. 

The first meeting at the Burger King was held Apr. 
24, but as of June 26 the group had progressed in at- 
tendance and moved to another location: 3821 Merle 
Hay Rd., Urbandale (Des Moines). The group now meets 
for Bible study on Sunday mornings at 10:00 and wor- 
ship services at 1 1 :00 a.m. 

• Sacramento (EP)-Herschel Rosenthal, Democratic as- 
semblyman from Los Angeles, objected when the Rev. 
Richard Barram departed from "nondenominational 
prayer" and made reference to Jesus Christ and was later 
justified in his criticism by Speaker Leo T. McCarthy. 

"The assembly chaplain is a chaplain of the entire 
membership and his prayers ought to reflect that," 
McCarthy said. 

Rosenthal said if the chaplain continues in such de- 
partures he should lose his $390-a-month post. 


A six-month's 
aid is given to 
the officiating 

v subscribers 

o the Bre thren M issionary Her- 
/hose addresses are supplied by 

Nancy Shriver and Rick Coldren, Jan. 8, First Brethren 
Church, Kittanning, Pa. 

Becky Shumaker and Rick Hayes, May 21, Laurel Mt. 
Grace Brethren Church, Boswell, Pa. 
Rebecca Gurnik and John Gurnish, June 11, First Breth- 
ren Church, Akron, Ohio. 

Mitzi Carroll and Gordon Boner, June 12, First Brethren 
Church, Akron, Ohio. 

In Memory. 

Noticesin this colur 

iust be submitted i 

iting by the pastor 

LOWER Y, Roy, 73, June 17, having served the Lord as a 
deacon and Sunday School superintendent for many 
years at Hagerstown, Md. (Grace). The father of Rev. 
Marvin Lowery, pastor of Singer Hill Grace Brethren 
Church, Conemaugh, Pa. Robert Collitt, pastor. 
MEYERS, Albert, 87, June 11, a charter member of 
Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa., and 
the man who purchased the land where the church is 
presently located. Pastor Ray Davis. 

® After nine years of planning and preparing, the Sterling 
Grace Brethren of Ohio have entered into a building 
program and expect to be "moved in" by Christmas." 

• Providence, R.I. (EP)-A period of silent meditation 
not exceeding one minute would be mandated at the 
start of the day in all public schools under a bill ap- 
proved, 28-21, by the Rhode Island Senate. 

• A security system installed in the Dayton First Church 
will hopefully discourage break-ins and vandalism as it 
detects sounds and sets off lights and noise alarms. 

• Ministry to the deaf at First Brethren, Lanham,Md., is 
offering a sign-teaching Sunday School class on "How 
To Begin the Christian Life." 

• A Christian attorney and former Red Sox player, Earl 
Nance, was guest speaker for the junior-senior banquet 
sponsored by the Southeast District and held at the Lord 
Baltimore Inn, Richmond, Va. Following the banquet, 
the youth enjoyed miniature golf, then upon returning 
to the church they were served pizzas by the Richmond 
teens. A film on the life of John Peterson was followed 
by a brief "sleep-in" in the homes of the hosts. A conti- 
nental breakfast was served in the morning to the 29 
teens who had thoroughly enjoyed a fun-packed week- 

• A bus was purchased for $2,600 by the Yakima 
(Wash.) congregation and is paid for all but $750 in 
interest-free loans. 

• By a vote of the Riverside Grace Brethren Church 
(Johnstown) their radio ministry has been extended to 
one hour on Sunday mornings, 10 minutes on Saturday 
evenings, and spot broadcasts during the week. 


• Los Angeles (EP)— NBC-TV has announced that "Jesus 
of Nazareth," the six-and-a-half hour film on the life of 
Jesus, originally shown on Palm Sunday and Easter, will 
be televised annually. The program was watched by 49 
percent of the national TV audience, NBC said. The net- 
work also reported that a record total of 1 1,246 viewers 
contacted it about the program, 97 percent praising the 

• The Calvary Brethren Church of Kettering, Ohio, cele- 
brated a 20th anniversary and homecoming on June 26. 
According to Pastor Elliott the special program included 
greetings and music by former members who are now 
serving the Lord in various fields of Christian service. 

• Toronto (EP)— The Peoples Church, Canada's largest 
evangelical congregation, has pledged $1,129,788 for 
world missions this year, according to Pastor Paul B. 

The 2,000 adults (and another 2,000 in Sunday 
School) support 470 missionaries overseas of which 
some 350 are Canadians-about 35 from Peoples' own 
congregation— and the rest are nationals in the various 

• Annual changes: Gilbert Gilgan, 21 3B Forest, Hills- 
boro, Oreg. . . . James Ament, 1403 Windsor Dr., San 
Bernardino, Calif. 92404 . . . Richard Jensen, Brethren 
Navajo Mission, Counselor, N. Mex. 87018. 

•Los Angeles (EP)— The Rev. James Eugene Ewing, 
whose financial expertise has aided other Christian or- 
ganizations, has filed for bankruptcy after suffering fi- 
nancial losses in publishing World Compassion magazine 
and operating the Church of Compassion in Los Angeles. 
Ewing has been highly regarded for many years as a 
master of soliciting contributions through mail appeals. 
In years gone by he allegedly saved Evangelist Oral 
Roberts from financial depression, assisted Rex Hum- 
bard, aided Billy James Hargis and other television evan- 
gelists in their fund-raising activities. 

The schedule for the next several quarters in the 
Brethren adult Sunday School series will be as fol- 

Sept., Oct., Nov. 1977-1, II, III John, written by 
Dr. Raymond E. Gingrich. 

Dec. 1977, Jan. and Feb. 1978-Revelation, writ- 
ten by Dr. Herman A. Hoyt— a reprint of one of the 
best sellers and most popular Brethren study guides. 

March, April, May 1978-Pulpit Words Translated 
for Pew People, written by Charles W. Turner. 
A total of 15 Bible book and topical studies are now 
available in the Brethren adult series, offered at re- 
duced prices for churches ordering in quantity. Write 
for information to the Herald Co., P. O. Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

• The young people (high school age or above) of Fort 
Wayne (Ind.) Grace will spend 10 days at the Navajo 
Mission helping with various jobs that need to be done. 
They will be spelling out their desire to be more than 
just onlookers . . . they will be doing it. 

• Miami (EP)— Rod McKuen has threatened to make sing- 
er Anita Bryant a national "laughing stock" if she con- 
tinues to campaign against Dade County's controversial 
gay rights law. 

The ordinance, prohibiting housing and job discrimi- 
nation against homosexuals, "isn't a sexual issue . . . it's 
the basic American concept that liberty is for all," 
McKuen contended. 

"If she continues to mount her crusade," he con- 
tinued, "I intend to call upon every comedian friend I 
know to have so many jokes go forth about her through- 
out the land that she will be a laughing stock such as this 
country has never seen before." 

• Rev. and Mrs. Edwin Cashman celebrated their 25th 
wedding anniversary in an unusual way! The first of 
their five daughters was married that day, wearing her 
mother's wedding dress. The wedding was a family affair 
with two sisters serving as bridesmaids, two as candle- 
lighters, and the one brother and his wife singing. Pastor 
Cashman escorted the bride up the aisle, sang a prayer of 
blessing, then finished the ceremony. All on June 14. 

• It was an exciting occasion when 
20 met on a recent Sunday in the 
living room of the Dan Herwigs in 
Lima, Ohio. This was the first 
church service for the Lima group 
of Brethren. A pastor has been 
called, William Crabbs, and the local 
people are enthused as they look 
to the Lord for His blessings on the 
new Lima church. 

AUGUST 1, 1977 

•Anaheim, Calif. (EP)-Based on the 
opinions of three handwriting experts, 
three Southern California researchers 
have declared that parts of the Book 
of Mormon could well have been writ- 
ten by a Congregationalist minister 
and novelist who died more than 10 
years before Joseph Smith reportedly 
received the revelations from God 
through golden plates. 

• Extra copies of current or back issues 
of the Brethren Missionary Herald are 
available. They are priced at 25c each, 
postage paid. (Minimum order, 4 
copies.) Please include your check 
with your order and send it to the Her- 
ald Co., P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. 

• National conference messages will be 
taped and available in cassette form. 
Featured speakers will include Dr. 
Elmer Towns and Dr. Lehman Strauss. 
The moderator's and vice moderator's 
addresses, as well as messages by six 
Brethren pastors, will also be available 
at the Herald Co. for those attending 
conference, or they may be ordered by 
mail. An order form will be provided 
in a later issue of the Herald. 

•The Sunday School average for the 
month of May at Grace Brethren 
Church of Anaheim, Calif., was 44, 
and in June the average climbed to 67. 
On a recent Sunday evening the 
young people presented a drama per- 
formance to an audience of 62. 

•On July 17 a commissioning service 
was held for the new missionary fami- 
lies of Grace Brethren of Columbus. 
John and Becky Pappas, Ron and 
Carol Warrick, and Bob Skeen— all of 
these will be off to Europe for lan- 
guage study, then on to their various 

•Washington (EP)-The U.S. Supreme 
Court struck another blow against Sab- 
batarians who believe employees ought 
to be given Saturdays off if their re- 
ligious convictions so dictate. 

The court ruled in June that com- 
panies may dismiss or refuse to hire 
individuals who decline to work on 
Saturdays because of religious convic- 
tions. The court then said that to force 
companies to make such an accommo- 
dation would create an "undue hard- 
ship." A federal law passed in 1972 
placed the burden of providing "undue 
hardship" on employers, not em- 
ployees. The new ruling signals a seri- 
ous setback to such as the Seventh 
Day Baptists. 

Order it by mail from the Herald Company $6.95. 

How To Be Born Again is for the new Christian 
and also for the Christian along the way. An irre- 
sistible primer for finding salvation, a guidebook 
for continuing growth. Simple, direct and dynamic 


Send to: Brethren Missionary Herald Co., P. 0. Box 544, 
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order and the Herald Co. pays postage costs. 

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Jh& Kama (Bscuuddfvd 

Pictured above is the residence of the 

Norm Johnson family in southern Brazil to which our 

Foreign Missions project offering was given. 

AUGUST 1, 1977 


(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 31 and 32 
of the 1977 Brethren Annual.^ 


Mrs. R. Bruce Paden October 1 1 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Empire. 

Mrs. Roy B. Snyder October 20 

Rev. Marvin L. Goodman October 22 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Empire. 

Samuel Leonard Paden October 27, 1975 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Empire. 


Rev. Timothy H. Farner October 2 

Mrs. Bill A. Burk October 18 


Jacqueline Sue Julien October 19, 1964 

Joel Philip Gegner October 22, 1967 

21, rue Jules Guesde, 71 100-Chalon/Saone, France. 
Marc Andre Gegner October 23, 1975 

21, rue Jules Guesde, 71100-Chalon/Saone, France. 
Robert Allan Skeen October 31 

50, rue des Galibouds, 73200 Albertville, France. 


Sharon Louise Churchill October 5, 1959 

Jonathan Paul Dowdy October 12, 1962 

Martin Paul Guerena October 31, 1960 


Sharon Marie Schwartz October 2, 1960 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Rev. George A. Johnson October 5 

P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Rev. J. Paul Dowdy October 18 


Pres.-Mrs. Robert Griffith, 517 Wile Ave., 

Souderton, Pa. 18964 
1st V. Pres.-Mrs. Jesse Deloe, 706 Robson 

Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
2nd V. Pres.-Mrs. Walter Fretz, 413 Woos- 

ter Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Secy.- Mrs. George Christie, 417 Allison 

Way, Goldendale, Wash. 98620 
Asst. Secy. -Mrs. Sally Neely, 565 Stony- 
ridge Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373 
Fin. Secy .-Treas.- Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. 

46590. (All checks payable to Brethren 

National WMC.) 
Asst. Fin. Secy.-Mrs. Thomas Inman, 2244 

Fernwood Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Lit. Secy.-Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 8, 

Box 157, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 
Editor-Mrs. Noel Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., 

Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Prayer Chm.-Mrs. Richard Sellers, 4661 

Janis Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43227 





September 10, 1977 

Goal - $6,000 

Only $2 

From each of you 

Will help us do 

Great things for God this year. 


Left to right: Kelli Jo, Karla, Linda, and Kaylin Hoke 

The gift of gab must run in my 
family. It seems as though I never run 
out of something to talk about. While 
in high school my cousin and I used to 
see who could write the longest letters, 
and I am certain one of us must hold 
some kind of record in that depart- 
ment. But, of course, then it wasn't 
the "in thing" to record that kind of 
feat with the Guiness book. I don't 
know what value the words held in 
that kind of volume but they meant 
something to friends who did not see 
each other more than once a year. 

My problem stems from the fact 
that the heredity of the gene involved 
in conversation did not stop with my 
generation. Did you ever try to get 
noticed in a family conversation when 
three little girls who inherited their 
mother's verbosity are engaged in chat- 
ter? It's challenging to speak without 
being informed that someone else was 
talking first. I have thought many 
times of blowing my husband's whistle 
or at least borrowing his black and 
white striped shirt to make certain 
that at least when the whistle blows, 
I'll have my chance. The referee is al- 
ways right, isn't she? 

I can remember the quiet days 
when I wanted desperately to hear 
each one say her first word. What 

AUGUST 1, 1977 

would it be? Would it be "Mama" in 
the middle of the night? There were 
others who waited as I did, with eager 
ears. In addition to Mom and Dad, 
there were two sets of grandparents. 
Probably the children thought . . . 
"When Mom quits encouraging me, or 
allows me to state my view, I'll really 
tell her something." 

The time arrived. The first four 
word sentences are neatly lettered in 
each baby book, but I am still working 
on terminal facilities. There haven't 
been any arrests on Robson Road yet 
for disturbing the peace but the tran- 
quil existence has certainly made a U- 

I can remember vividly Grandma 
Moore coaxing the twins to voice her 
name. Now when she enters our home, 
she is barraged with squeals of delight 
as well as the jubilant exclamation, 
"Grandma!" That did not come easily 
for Karla. Wordiness 111 claim, but 
where she learned to be a tease is still a 
question in my mind. 

Long after her twin babbled, 
"Grandma," Karla would get that 
special glint in her eye just as if to say, 
"You can try all you will, but I will 
not say it." It wasn't that she couldn't 
speak but she was sporting the first ex- 
ample of her teasing spirit and realized 
that she had Grandma in her grasp. No 

amount of cajoling, coercing, or even 
undisturbed silence could bring the 
word from her lips. But in good time 
and with much patience on Grandma's 
part, the name was spoken. What a 
day. Ecstasy was complete for the 
grandparent who loves so well. 

Just as Karla had to learn to speak 
the name, there are many in the world 
today who are refusing to name a most 
precious name. Acts 4:12 says: 
"Neither is there salvation in any 
other: for there is none other name 
under heaven given among men, 
whereby we must be saved." If these 
unsaved do not call upon the name of 
the Lord to be saved, we arc told they 
are eternally damned, but yet we as 
Christians still try to tease some of 
them into heaven's gates. If we are 
truly concerned for the lives of dear 
ones, acquaintances, or the unknown 
lost, we must trust the promises of 
Christ when He also asked us as Chris- 
tians to call Him by name. In John 
14:13-14 it says, "And whatsoever ye 
shall ask in my name, that will I do, 
that the Father may be glorified in the 
Son. If ye shall ask any tiling in my 
name, I will do it." 

To call the name of "Grandma" is 
one thing; to believe on the name of 
the Saviour is eternally more impor- 

^i^yu^^^o REeYeLE ,T!! 

My years teaching in the public 
school system are fondly remem- 
bered from time to time. Not only 
do I recall names and faces from 
my memory but also the expres- 
sions found coinciding with those 
personalities. Personally, I like hap- 
py faces but I can think of some 
that could have been considered as 
"neighborhood grouches." 

I trust in God daily to make my 
appearance one that would lead 
others to Him and not turn them 
away. It is God, and only Him, who 
gives peace far greater than the 
world can ever imagine; He gives 
joy that satisfies; and He loves me 
with an undying love. If our faces 
reflect God's gifts to us, how can 
we help but smile? 

—Linda Hoke 

To contribute to "Homespun"— write an item 
of not more than 125 words concerning a typical 
everyday experience or situation and make a spirit- 
ual application. Material cannot be returned or 
acknowledged. Send to WMC National Editor, 
Linda Hoke, 700 Robson Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 

"This is my commandment, 

That ye love one another, 

as I have loved you." \OSf/#v 

John 15:12 



Practice lifesaving in your WMC this 
month. Give to the Operation and Publication 
Fund. The lifeline of dollars will help to sup- 
port your national organization so that helps 
for the district and local groups may con- 
tinue. This is not a sinking ship but a vessel 
that has been overwhelmed by the waves of 
inflation increasing costs everywhere. Throw 
out the lifeline to buoy up the necessary 
funds for devotional packets, Herald pages, 
postage. Pen Pointers, and other helps. 


hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

Golf as a Religion . . . and Assorted Items 

MORNING, and having a terrible time of it. "I guess we 
should have skipped the golf and gone to church," one 
said from his sand trap. 

"No way," his duffer-friend replied. "I couldn't have 
gone anyway. My wife's really sick in bed and 

Right. You got it. We all do it. Let's undo it. 

It's so easy to give real "buffet-the-body" commit- 
ment to everything except what really deserves it! 

Nothing wrong with golf (depending on your timing 
of course). But there is something wrong when our com- 
mitments to church and its Christian education and 
growth are weak. Pansy. And milquetoast. 

Are you carrying through with your commitments 
about teaching? Supporting your teacher? Your pledge 
to be involved in the lives of others to help them grow 
in Christ? 

To all of you who already responded to our letter seek- 
ing support and help from the churches, our special 
thanks. You are standing with us at a time when we have 
some special dreams about ways to minister, in Christian 
ed, youth, and church growth. And the usual special 

You have shared to cooperate with what God is doing 
through our department and our churches. 

Thank you. Thank you very much. 

If you misplaced the letter, or neglected the oppor- 
tunity to help us get our budget goals, please consider 
sharing money with us right now. We'll credit your local 
church if you send it directly.— Knute Larson 

GBC Christian Education 

Box 365 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

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dav Schools'-June 1976-167, June \. 


1977-156 \^ 


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•Growth index based on 174 reporting \^ 

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1 III 

June 1976 wee'ly average attendance- 







1 =1 

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A - 

Whittier, Calif. 

June 197j>lekl| average atteltance- 

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John Mayes 

Robert Wilson 



B - 

C - 
D - 

Johnstown, Pa.| 

Lititz, Pa. 
Rittman, Ohio 

Don Rouah . . 
Jerry YoJrig * ' 
Robert Russell 
1 Scott Weavl 1 1 

Ronald Carnevali 
Jay Ruhl 
Bob Anderson 

•Nel Loss in reporting «i|ches-334 per- 1 

sons or down 1 .2 peicenf " 

81 churches regisiered incieajes totaling- 


-o £ ■ 

E - 

South Bend, Ind. 

Robert Divine 

90 churches registered losses loiajing- 
1.660 ■ 

c .c 

F - 

Peru, Ind. 

James Marshall 

Steve Jackson 



G - 

Beaumont, Calii| 

Curtlf ildish 

Chaunce Hamilton! 

Largest numerical increase- North Lauder- 
dale, Fla. 

Larger percentage increase-North Laud- 
er dlle, Fla. | | 


H - 

1 - 

Mount Laurel, N. J. 
North Lauderdale, Fla. 

Robert Spicer 
Ja(§ Peters, Jr. 

Howard Smith 
Durwood Brooks 


"5 c5 

J - 

Hemet, Calif. 

Richard Rohrer 

Minnie McPhail 

• The larger The number of reporting 


2 o 

N - 

No one entered 1 

^hutches, the more accurately these figures 



Minerva, Ohio J 13, Sirrlval 

Santa Ana, Calif.— 30. Spokane, Wash. -58, . 
ey, Calif-332, Bethlehem, Pa- 137, Kittan- 

the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 
We urge the total support ol the churches of 
the FCBC in this computer-evaluated * 

< £ 


Pa. (North Buffalo- 161 

Sacramento, Calif. -143. 

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church growth analysis which is provided 
free of charge to churches of the Fellowship 

by the Christian Education Department. 

AUGUST 1, 1977 

v3 Be Kind to 

Your Parishioners 

Name Withheld 

This is "Be Kind to Your Parishioners" month. Last 
month we featured the article, "Be Kind to Your Pas- 
tor." We hope you were. But with our sensitivity to the 
imperative of equal time, we called on an anonymous 
source to take a peek at it from the pew. So here it is, 
from the other side of the pulpit: 22 ways to celebrate 
"Be Kind to Your Parishioners" month. Pastors, take 

1. Continue preaching the whole counsel of God. 

We appreciate your Genesis to Revelation coverage 
and applaud your firm stance on the inerrancy of the 
Word. But . . . 

2. Please remember that the mind cannot absorb more 
than the seat can endure. 

We're used to commercial breaks every 15 minutes 
and an R-and-R (that's civilian for Restroom and Re- 
frigerator) at least once every half hour. 

3. Keep repeating the truths we need to learn. 

We're dull of hearing and slow to understand, so 
we're grateful for your telling us this week what you 
preached last week and for your reviewing it again at 
prayer meeting. 

4. Please refrain from using the same illustrations over 
and over again and telling the same jokes year after 

If you've run out of source material, we'll be happy 
to give you a gift subscription to a certain digest, or buy 
you a copy of The Pastor's Illustrator. 

5. Pray for us and let us know that you do so. 

Of course we understand that you have hundreds on 
your prayer list and cannot spare more than a couple of 
hours each day for prayer, but maybe you could men- 
tion each of us once in a while and then tell us so. (We 
hate to admit it, but we're pretty certain that we'd be 
more faithful in praying for you if you did that.) 

6. Don't be afraid to admit your weaknesses. 

We've noticed that you're human, and we know 
some folks strong when you're weak. Ask us for sugges- 
tions. We'll be glad to give them. 

7. When you praise God for the increase in the General 
Fund, remember us, too. 

Yes, we know that every good gift comes from God, 
but we also know that last week we gave an extra 10 and 
George, who never puts in anything, wrote a $25 check. 


8. Let us know when you're going away for a few 

We're big children now and can handle foreknowl- 
edge of separations, but we find it difficult to arrive at 
prayer meeting expecting good teaching from you and 
discover that instead we'll be seeing Martin Luther for 
the fourth time. Now we're not anti-Martin Luther (may 
God rest his soul), but . . . 

9. Be not afraid to exercise church discipline. 
Follow all the rules, of course, and save it for ex- 
treme unction, but do use it 'cause we're hurting from 
the sore caused by that unfaithful brother— you know 
who we mean. We've done our part of Matthew 18. Now 
it's your turn. 

10. Keep your door open for counsel. 

We appreciate your willingness to listen to our prob- 
lems and share advice from the Word of God. Thank 
you, Pastor. 
11 Find time to make hospital calls. 

We know you can't be everywhere, but somehow 
the convalescence seems to go better when you've made 
an appearance— even during those heaving moments after 

12. Curtail your extra-church activities. 

It's true that a man with your talents should be on 
every local and national board, but singleness of pur- 
pose has its merits. 

Was it you who said— it must have been that other 
preacher— that a family's outside activities should center 
in the local church? 

13. When you preach, take time to teach us how the 
message applies to our lives. 

Sometimes it's a little hard to fit the fine-twined 
linen with the drought that's threatening our crops, or 
the price of coffee. 

And, if you can, weave that application all through 
the sermon because we need to thumb for the closing 
hymn while you're preaching the final paragraphs. 

14. Don't tell us every six weeks that you need to get 

We work six days a week, teach Sunday School, go 
out on visitation, assist in the children's work, drive a 
bus, and usher. It's true, our pressures aren't the same as 
yours, but neither did God call us to be pastors. 

(Continued on page 22) 

Sunday School - 

he presiding Sunday School teacher kept looking at 
his watch and eyeing the door. "Maybe the President is 
supposed to teach today," I said to my wife, Nancy. 

We'd chosen to visit the First Baptist Church of Wash- 
ington, D.C., to get an idea of what kind of church 
Jimmy Carter attends. We had no idea he would even be 
in town. 

Arriving about 45 minutes early, we had been greeted 
by a sweet lady who directed us to the young peoples 
class. Later I identified myself to an usher as a visiting 
pastor, and he immediately said: "Oh you want to go to 
the President's class. It's in the balcony and filling up 
fast." Indeed it was! It seemed as if all the regular mem- 
bers of the class had already arrived. About 50 people 
sat for over 45 minutes to ensure a seat. We were di- 
rected to a special section reserved for visitors. 

We noticed an empty section reserved for the Presi- 
dent and his wife; they would be brought in after the 
secret service men had sealed off the balcony entrances. 

Fred Gregg, an insurance executive and regular teach- 
er of the class, finally announced he had been informed 
of the President's arrival. It was then that the class 
learned that President Carter would be teaching that 
day. In a telephone conversation a few hours earlier, the 
President had offered to teach if Gregg still wanted him. 

The class never knows when the President will teach. 
That is worked out between the two co-teachers, often 
at the last minute. Gregg said his response to the Presi- 
dent's offer was unhesitating. He started to relate to the 
President how busy he had been that week, when he 
remembered all he had seen on the news of President 
Carter's activities and thought better of it. 

It seemed unreal. Eight feet away, teaching from a 
color-keyed Bible, was the President of the United 

The President 

Pastor Dave Goodman reflects on Sunday School with Jimmy Carter 

Secret Service men were pacing all over the sanctuary. 
Newsmen huddled in the doorway jotting notes. And a 
group of a little over 50 people tried to act like this was 
just another Sunday School class. 

The lesson was on Caiaphas, part of a Southern Bap- 
tist series on the life of Christ and key figures around 
Him. The President jokingly said he knew why Gregg 
didn't want to teach the lesson that week. It was quite a 
difficult one! 

Carter's manner, however, was relaxed and assured. 
He seemed at home with the Scriptures and the subject 
matter. His wife, Rosalynn, listened attentively, follow- 
ing along in her Living Bible. 

President Carter chose as his theme the need for each 
Christian to actively and immediately seek avenues of 

"Quite often we judge ourselves as significantly better 
than others because of our church attendance," he said, 
"but if all we do is come to church